The newspaper El Nacional published videos Wednesday showing the vehicle backing up as a gasoline bomb burst on its windshield. Crowds raced toward the vehicle and then suddenly fled as it advanced, and masked soldiers battled protesters in a chaotic melee. Rocks, bottles, shots and tear gas filled the air. One person was confirmed dead in Caracas.
Following rumours that jailed Venezuelan opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez had been moved from his cell to a military hospital, a government lawmaker showed a “proof of life” video of him in his cell. He had been reported dead earlier.
“Here is Mr. Leopoldo López, he had just finished dinner and was about to go to sleep, but the show from the Right woke him up.”
Así está el Sr Leopoldo López, acababa de cenar y ya iba a dormir, pero el show de la derecha lo despertó pic.twitter.com/1YC7yyFxRt
— Con el Mazo Dando (@ConElMazoDando) May 4, 2017
Foreign minister Delcy Rodríguez blames foreign governments and biased media coverage for the country’s unrest, and said the OAS is “fanning international hysteria.” At least she didn’t blame the Russians, considering she was on RT.
It’s 2017, But Venezuela Looks Set To Be Choosing Communism. As long-time readers of this blog know, they chose communism in 2009 when Hugo Chávez was kept in office after declaring himself a Marxist.
Steve Hanke and María Belén Wu have a Survey of Venezuelan Public Opinion on the Replacement of Either the Bolivar with the U.S.Dollar or the Central Bank of Venezuela with a Currency Board.
At the blogs:
Marching on May 1st, Labor Day in Venezuela
Venezuela president dancing while soldiers shoot tear gas and clash with protesters. Perfect encapsulation of surreal state TV pic.twitter.com/jIqxbUXR7T
— Hannah Dreier (@hannahdreier) May 3, 2017
Via JL, El Sistema: The killing continues
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