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Violent Protests in Venezuela: America to Blame?

Venezuela Protests Lopez

The protests in Venezuela must be America’s fault. There’s no way they could be the result of material shortages and mounting repression, right?

Following weeks of violent demonstrations, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused Washington of plotting with anti-government protesters and expelled three US diplomats in retaliation for the betrayal.

For nearly two weeks, Venezuela has been struggling with a series of anti-government protests spearheaded by angry students. Demonstrators are upset over the country’s strict Chavez era controls on currency and prices that have led to mass inflation and empty store shelves.

But Nicolas Maduro knows that the real problem isn’t Venezuela’s faltering economy, it’s American meddling. As a result, he expelled three American diplomats on charges of conspiring with demonstrators. Apparently these diplomats were recruiting college students for the demonstrations.

“I have ordered the foreign ministry to proceed with declaring those three consular officials persona non grata and expelling them from the country. Let them go conspire in Washington!Maduro said in a nationally broadcast address.

Maduro believes that America is also behind fugitive opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez. The opposition politician has been an active figure in challenging Venezuela’s socialist rulers – so much so that he was arrested on Tuesday on charges of inciting violence. Lopez, who had a warrant out for his arrest, handed himself over to police during an anti-Maduro rally he organized.

President Maduro has called Lopez a “murderer” and alleged he is being paid by the US Central Intelligence Agency to topple his government. But Maduro has no reason to be paranoid. I mean, a social “utopia” crumbling? That’s never happened before!

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And Here Come the Hugo Chavez Conspiracy Theories…

Hugo Chavez Conspiracy

Venezuela announced late Tuesday night that it will launch an inquiry into accusations that Hugo Chavez’s cancer was the result of poisoning by his enemies abroad.

The 58-year-old former president died on March 5 from complications resulting from pelvic cancer which he was diagnosed with in June 2011. Sounds legit. Now enter acting president Nicolas Maduro.

Maduro, Hugo Chavez’s hand-picked successor, is running as the government’s candidate in the presidential elections on April 14. Maduro has apparently decided that the best way to secure the vote is to steer clear of any policy talk and focus almost exclusively on conspiracy theories surrounding the death of Hugo Chavez.

“We will seek the truth,” Maduro told regional TV network Telesur. “We have the intuition that our commander Chavez was poisoned by dark forces that wanted him out of the way.”

And he goes on:

“He had a cancer that broke all norms. Everything seems to indicate that they (enemies) affected his health using the most advanced techniques.”

Opposition leader, Henrique Capriles, also seems pretty focused on Hugo Chavez’s death. Capriles, who polls show is about 10 points behind Maduro, attempted to boost support by accusing Maduro and government officials of lying about the details of Chavez’s illness. Government officials in turn called him a Nazi and a fascist. Sounds like it will be an interesting election campaign….

Hugo Chavez Earrings

The question is: Is it a smart move for Maduro to try to capitalize on the grief of Venezualans? Or is Maduro just plain crazy? Who knows. But on to more important things, like where can I get a pair of these Hugo Chavez earrings?

Via: Reuters

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