Sunday, March 30, 2014

Venezuela: Update--Two More Protesters Killed, Bringing Those Killed to 39

According to The Latin American Tribune, Venezuelan Interior Minister Miguel Rodríguez Torres confirmed the deaths of two opposition activists protesting against President Nicolas Maduro on barricades in the cities of San Cristobal and Maracaibo, raising to 39 the number of victims in anti-government demonstrations that began February 12.

The first fatality, a 44-year-old company manager in San Cristobal identified as Franklin Romero, was electrocuted when, together with another two people who were injured, he tried to mount, on top of a barricade, a billboard that made contact with an electric wire, the minister said.

The other victim was Roberto Annese, 33, a university student who died Saturday (March 29) in Maracaibo, capital of the northwestern Venezuelan state of Zulía, and whose death  was attributed by Zulia’s Bolivarian Police Force (CPBEZ) to an IED that he was allegedly handling while manning a street barricade on the state capital’s north side.

COMMENT: According to the Maracaibo daily LA VERDAD, Annese, a political science student, was killed by bullets allegedly fired by CPBEZ police agents that soon after dawn arrived at the scene to remove the barricade.
 
Six people have been arrested in Maracaibo for attempting to blame Roberto Annese’s death on a police attack.

Maracaibo Mayor Eveling Trejo, a regional leader of the opposition had previously confirmed the death of Annese, said “we don’t want to cry anymore for the blood of Venezuela’s sons and daughters being spilled. How long will the country shed the blood of our young? Enough!”

Tragically, US President Barack Obama has missed out on so many opportunities to support those living under dictatorships begging for someone...anyone...to come to their aid in their demand for freedom (e.g., Iran, Syria, Egypt, Libya, Venezuela, Ukraine, etc.).

Where...President Obama are you? Do you intentionally want to deny freedom to others that don't have the resources to combat dictatorships around the world?

Do you, Mr. President, embrace the oath of office you swore allegiance to?

How can you honestly push for the stripping of the US military budget to pre-World War II levels at a time when tyrants are challenging freedom on a global level?