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Here is a story from Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-politics-idUSKBN17N1SH?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=Social

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Looting, shootings leave 13 dead in one day in Venezuela

CNN | Updated: 5:29 AM CDT Apr 22, 2017 By: Nicole Chavez and Marilia Brocchetto

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After weeks of violent protests that left at least 22 people dead, Venezuelans will take to the streets Saturday dressed in white to pay tribute to those killed in anti-government demonstrations this month.

The peaceful demonstrations planned nationwide come after at least 13 people were killed in one day in the capital of Caracas.

Nine of the victims were electrocuted as they tried to loot a bakery Thursday during chaotic anti-government protests in Caracas, according to the nation's minister for communication.

Three others were fatally shot and an additional death was reported in the city, but details were not immediately available.

Six people also suffered gunshot wounds as several other businesses, including two liquor stores, were looted and attacks were reported in the city's metro system, he said.

Rising toll

The death toll from incidents related to the protests this month has jumped to at least 22 people.

Within the first two weeks of April, six people were killed during anti-government protests. Three others were killed Wednesday in a series of protests described by opposition leaders as the "mother of all marches."

Violent clashes between supporters of the opposition and President Nicolas Maduro have hit Venezuela this month. The opposition is asking Maduro to step down, accusing him of eroding democracy.

On March 29, the Venezuelan Supreme Court dissolved the parliament and transferred all legislative powers to itself. The court's decision was eventually reversed, but protests against Maduro had already began.

Tensions have risen as Maduro has called protesters "vandals and terrorists," and security forces used cannons and tear gas canisters.

The Human Rights Foundation released a statement condemning the killings.

"The democratic world must stand firm in support of the young men and women in Venezuela who are risking their lives for freedom and democracy by rejecting Nicolas Maduro's dictatorship," said Thor Halvorssen, president of the Human Rights Foundation.

CNN's Florencia Trucco, Mariano Castillo, Natalie Gallón, Stefano Pozzebon, and Gizela Crespo contributed to this report.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:11 pm 
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From Reuters via Twitter:

Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-politics-idUSKBN17O0FX?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Reuters%2FworldNews+%28Reuters+World+News%29
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By Brian Ellsworth | CARACAS
CARACAS Venezuela's opposition prepared to march in silence on Saturday to honor a dozen people killed in three weeks of protests demanding that the government of President Nicolas Maduro hold delayed elections and address a growing economic crisis.

Twelve people have been killed in a renewed wave of demonstrations this month in incidents primarily involving security forces or armed civilians. Another eight were electrocuted in a looting incident that took place following a protest.

Opposition leaders blame a heavy-handed crackdown by security forces, who have arrested hundreds of people and on several occasions flooded hospitals and clinics with tear gas.

Ruling Socialist Party officials say the demonstrations, in which protesters throw rocks at police and block streets with burning debris, are violent disruptions of public order meant to overthrow the government.

Saturday's protest, however, was to be a silent one out of respect for those who died.

"(The demonstration) today shall be a thundering and historic silence that beats on the conscience of the oppressor," wrote opposition legislator Miguel Pizarro via Twitter.

Marches are planned for cities around the country and in the capital Caracas, where the opposition will gather in 20 different places and march to the headquarters of the country's Catholic archdiocese.

Anger over the OPEC nation's triple-digit inflation and Soviet-style product shortages boiled over after the government-leaning Supreme Court last month briefly assumed the powers of Congress, triggering accusations that Maduro was building a dictatorship.

The court walked back the measure after international condemnation, but Maduro's government further fueled the protests by barring the opposition's most popular politician, Henrique Capriles, from holding office for 15 years.

The opposition says the elections council should call elections for governors that were supposed to be held last year, and accuse the council of indefinitely delaying them because the Ruling Socialist party would likely lose in many states.

The next presidential elections are scheduled for late 2018.

Demonstrations have generally started with daytime marches that are broken up by National Guard troops. They usually devolve from there into confused melees between troops and hooded protesters that stretch well into the evening.

The last week has seen an increase in late-night looting in working class areas. Unrest that began late on Thursday night in the Caracas neighborhood of El Valle left eleven people dead from either electrocution or gunfire.

The OPEC nation's economy has been in free-fall since the collapse of oil prices in 2014. Once a generous oil-financed welfare state, Venezuelan consumers now struggle to obtain basic food and medicine.

(Reporting by Brian Ellsworth; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)


A slow burn, perhaps?

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ABC (Australia):
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-22/eight-looters-electrocuted-in-venezuela-as-unrest-continues/8463828?WT.mc_id=newsmail&WT.tsrc=Newsmail

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Venezuela protests: Looters electrocuted in Caracas as unrest, food shortages continue Updated yesterday at 11:26pm

"A nation on the brink". Looters have been electrocuted during a rampage in Caracas, as large-scale violent protests against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro continue.

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Prosecutor's office investigating 11 deaths in Caracas suburb of El Valle
Dozens of businesses in the area showed signs of looting after days of protests
Protests to continue across Venezuela over weekend
The accident, which killed eight people, occurred when a group of looters broke into a bakery in the working class neighbourhood of El Valle, according a firefighter who asked not be identified.

The public prosecutor's office said on Friday it was investigating 11 deaths in El Valle, adding that "some" victims had died from being electrocuted.

Nine other people have been killed in violence associated with a wave of anti-Government demonstrations in the past three weeks, in which protesters have clashed with security forces in melees lasting well into the night that culminated in the "mother of all marches" on Wednesday.

Protesters accuse Mr Maduro of trying to create a dictatorship.

"Yesterday around 9 or 10 (Thursday evening) things got pretty scary, a group of people carrying weapons came down ... and started looting," said Hane Mustafa, owner of a small supermarket in El Valle, where broken bottles of soy and tomato sauce littered the floor between bare shelves.

"The security situation is not in the hands of the Government. We lost everything here."

Dozens of businesses in the area showed signs of looting, ranging from empty shelves to broken windows and twisted metal entrance gates.

It was not immediately possible to confirm details of the incident with hospital or other officials.

A nation on the brink


Hugo Chavez launched a socialist revolution after he was elected in 1998, but under successor Nicolas Maduro, the oil-rich country has become a failing state.
The Information Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for details. Security forces patrolled much of Caracas on Friday, including El Valle.

Mr Maduro's Government is so far resisting calls for change, as opposition leaders draw support from a public angered by the country's collapsing economy.

Ruling Socialist Party leaders describe the protesters as hoodlums who are damaging public property and disrupting public order to overthrow the Government with the support of ideological adversaries in Washington.

Vice-President Tareck El Aissami said the country faced what he called an "unconventional war" led by opposition groups working in concert with criminal gangs.

He said claims by the opposition that Government forces were responsible for launching tear gas at a maternity hospital during a protest were just another attempt to demoralise people who have "decided to break ties with the bourgeoisie forever".

Opposition leaders have promised to keep up their protests, demanding that Mr Maduro's Government call general elections, free almost 100 jailed opposition activists and respect the autonomy of the opposition-led Congress.

The OPEC nation's economy has been in free-fall since the collapse of oil prices in 2014.

The generous oil-financed welfare state created by late socialist leader Hugo Chavez, Mr Maduro's predecessor, has given way to a Soviet-style economy marked by consumer shortages, triple-digit inflation and snaking supermarket lines.

Many Venezuelans say they have to skip meals in order to feed their children.

Public anger at the situation spilled over last month when the Supreme Court, which is seen as close to the Government, briefly assumed the powers of the Congress.

The protests were further fuelled when the Government barred the opposition's best-known leader, two-time presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, from holding public office.

Demonstrators clash with riot police during the 'mother of all marches' in Caracas, Venezuela.
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CBC News via Twitter:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/venezuela-protests-looting-1.4081510

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Venezuela spiralling into chaos amid looting, militarized police
At least 20 have died since April 4 as frustrated Venezuelans protest Maduro government
By Ana Vanessa Herrero, CBC News Posted: Apr 22, 2017 4:31 PM ET Last Updated: Apr 22, 2017 8:06 PM ET

Ana Vanessa Herrero is an award-winning photographer and freelance writer based in Caracas, Venezuela.

The smell of tear gas and smoke from fires filled the air in several Caracas neighbourhoods on Friday after a night that saw at least 12 people die. In the humble district of El Valle, people screamed, while the sound of gunshots sent neighbours and protesters running for safety

Protesters are vowing to continue their opposition to the government of President Nicolas Maduro, after the deadliest day in three weeks of one anti-government protest after another.

Among the dead were eight people who were electrocuted in a bakery as it was being looted. About 20 have died in the past month, most shot in the head.

"This was like the wild, Wild West. During two hours we could only hear gunshots and detonations," said Ana Tiapa, 36, a resident of El Valle. "Two hours this lasted, then, you could only hear people running in and out of businesses; the sound of looting."

Venezuela looting
A shopkeeper surveys damage to his shop after looting in Caracas Thursday night and Friday morning. (Reuters)

The violence played out in at least five locations in the Venezuelan capital, beginning at sundown after the opposition called for more street protests to pressure the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

Life is difficult in Venezuela

A Supreme Court decision that stripped the opposition controlled National Assembly of its powers on April 4 began the series of protests. The court later reversed its decision, but the unrest had begun, as life has become increasingly difficult in the formerly oil-rich nation.

Venezuelans face inflation that hit 550 per cent in 2016, according to Congressman Jose Guerra, though the government cites an IMF estimate of 274 per cent.

Shortages of food and medicines have people waiting in long lines to buy something as simple as sugar or soap.

Michelle Mijares, a 23-year-old nurse, says street demonstrations seem the only way to apply pressure to this government.

"You can see people are very upset, and right now, we are ready for anything," she said.

National Guard steps in

On Tuesday, Maduro announced he was placing state police departments under National Guard control, further militarizing the country.

Venezuela Political Crisis

The government has also taken over or blocked all media, making it difficult to confirm news, including the number of dead. Twitter is the main source of information in the country, with journalists using it to send out information and protestors using it to let others know what is happening on the ground.

On Wednesday, hundreds of thousands of people marched in 20 different locations in the capital, resulting in a rain of tear gas and rubber bullets from the National Guard.

Government supporters and opposition activists screamed at each other and security forces blocked demonstrators as they tried to reach the Ombudsman's office.

More than 200 people were injured and a 17-year-old boy was fatally shot in the head by armed groups that support the government, according to witnesses.

"I'm sick and tired," said 21-year-old medical student Leonel Bolivar. "There is no food and no medicines for all future patients I will meet."

The MUD, a coalition of opposition political parties, announced a new protest for Saturday to honour those who were murdered in the past month.

Those protests, which involved thousands holding white flowers, were mostly peaceful, but also drew a heavy police presence.

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Following President MAduro calls on a constitutional assembly (they want to create a new, comunal constitution (so called "the people's and the working class constitution")) opposition called for protests today

They wanted for people to protests for a couple of hours, but people carried on. Clashes ensued. Government paramilitary thugs go out to have some fun while terrorizing protestors.

This two videos are from the Sucre municipality in Caracas, around El LLanito.

Words speak by itself. No fatalities were reported today, but at least 6 wounded by gunfire, including military personel.

https://twitter.com/RCamachoVzla/status ... 4515665920

https://twitter.com/juanjoserivasr/stat ... 8358316032


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DoctorCandelario wrote:
Following President MAduro calls on a constitutional assembly (they want to create a new, comunal constitution (so called "the people's and the working class constitution")) opposition called for protests today

They wanted for people to protests for a couple of hours, but people carried on. Clashes ensued. Government paramilitary thugs go out to have some fun while terrorizing protestors.

This two videos are from the Sucre municipality in Caracas, around El LLanito.

Words speak by itself. No fatalities were reported today, but at least 6 wounded by gunfire, including military personel.

https://twitter.com/RCamachoVzla/status ... 4515665920

https://twitter.com/juanjoserivasr/stat ... 8358316032


I saw some live streams going from a couple websites. Looked like the government was blocking protesters from marching into the mayday parade. Not sure if that's where the big violence happened but it looked like some pretty heavily armed troops.

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DoctorCandelario wrote:
Following President MAduro calls on a constitutional assembly (they want to create a new, comunal constitution (so called "the people's and the working class constitution")) opposition called for protests today

They wanted for people to protests for a couple of hours, but people carried on. Clashes ensued. Government paramilitary thugs go out to have some fun while terrorizing protestors.

This two videos are from the Sucre municipality in Caracas, around El LLanito.

Words speak by itself. No fatalities were reported today, but at least 6 wounded by gunfire, including military personel.

https://twitter.com/RCamachoVzla/status ... 4515665920

https://twitter.com/juanjoserivasr/stat ... 8358316032


I saw some live streams going from a couple websites. Looked like the government was blocking protesters from marching into the mayday parade. Not sure if that's where the big violence happened but it looked like some pretty heavily armed troops.


Those two videos are from today.

But indeed, in the Mayday parade there were a lot of deployed troops and police. No fatal casualties that day, but a lot of wounded.


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Thank you for keeping us updated. Please remain safe as much as possible while doing so.


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Thank you for keeping us updated. Please remain safe as much as possible while doing so.
DoctorCandelario: How is your personal situation? How are your preps holding out?

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From Oil Price Intelligence Report (Tuesday, May 9th, 2017):
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Venezuela protests spread. The government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro appears to be losing control of the country as protests bring the nation to a standstill. A retired Venezuelan general told the WSJ that the country is on the brink of civil war. Oil production has been sliding for years, but output could decline in a more dramatic fashion if Venezuela’s economy continues to meltdown.

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The swirling sound is getting louder :shock:

Venezuela’s oil industry is collapsing and Cuba is scrambling

Haley Zaremba, OilPrice.com
http://www.businessinsider.com/venezuel ... ing-2017-6

As Venezuela’s oil industry goes down it flames, it’s looking like it may just take Cuba down with it. Venezuela, once the crude powerhouse of South and Central America, is no longer able to produce enough oil to sustain its own economy, much less those of other countries. Cuba is frantically drilling in search for new reserves and reaching out for new suppliers, but there is no guarantee they’ll be able to stabilize their oil income any time soon.

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Here is a pretty good run down on the economy.

http://www.businessinsider.com/venezuel ... pse-2017-5


As I noted elsewhere the US can flex to produce enough crude to cover the loss of Venezuela exports, but lacks the transportation infrastructure and refining capacity to get it to market. US refining is just about at maximum utilization out right now.

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