Following up on yesterday’s post on the so-called talks between the government and the official opposition,
Maduro Threatens to Imprison Venezuela Opposition for Advocating Demonstrations
Talks between President Nicolás Maduro and the opposition meant to defuse the country’s political crisis are off to a shaky start after the embattled leftist leader threatened to jail rivals advocating for street demonstrations.
Because the Popular Will is not the official opposition, says Maduro (emphasis added),
Mr. Maduro, speaking on his weekly television program Tuesday night, directed his stern warning to the Popular Will party, calling it a terrorist organization, after it said it objected to the opposition alliance’s plan to ease protest pressure on the president in favor of Vatican-mediated talks that are endorsed by the U.S. State Department.
Which brings us back to Capt. Louis Renault,
Opposition members in Venezuela have suspended the “trial” of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, ahead of talks with the government, a trial which would have been a symbolic gesture anyway,
Analysts had said Nicolas Maduro’s “trial” would have been largely symbolic because the constitution gives the president immunity from such processes. The hearing, which Maduro has called a “coup attempt,” had been slated for Tuesday. Maduro has said those involved in trying to depose him should be jailed.
In other news,
VENEZUELA TO CITY DWELLERS: GROW YOUR OWN!
— Michael Welling (@WellingMichael) July 16, 2016
Last, but not least, Leaked DEA Tape Ties Venezuelan First Lady to Drug Money