(CARACAS, Venezuela.) LATEST: Venezuelan military keeps the Venezuela-Brazil border closed. People shout “You are killing us with hunger” We’re not beggars,” he said. “What the U.S. empire is doing with its puppets is an internal provocation Santa Elena de Uairen in Bolivar #Venezuela as Maduro rewards in $’s for wrecking humanitarian aid transport – #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Feb.22: At least one civilian was killed and several were injured in the southern Venezuelan town of Kumarakapay near the border with Brazil after troops opened fire there, indigenous community leaders and victims’ relatives told Reuters: Venezuelan military keeps the Venezuela-Brazil border closed. People shout “You are killing us with hunger” “We’re not beggars,” he said. “What the U.S. empire is doing with its puppets is an internal provocation…………………..They wanted to generate a great national commotion, but they didn’t achieve it.”…………Santa Elena de Uairen in Bolivar #Venezuela The picture is said, Maduro rewards: grab the key, about the humanitarian aid transport vehicle, grab the key reward $1,000, puncture the tire reward 800 dollars

Several indigenous Venezuelans suffered gunshot wounds early on Friday after confronting government security forces in an area close to the Brazilian border, doctors and relatives told a Reuters witness at the medical center where they were being treated: Some members of the indigenous community in that area have previously expressed their support for the opposition’s plans to bring in foreign aid this weekend despite the objection of President Nicolas Maduro

The national guardsmen in anti-riot gear positioned a trailer truck in front of a tunnel, blocking the highway westward: A shouting match and scuffle ensured, with the guardsmen firing tear cag before the lawmakers eventually forced their way through and resumed their journey.

The truck is part of a cross-country caravan led by Guiado for the border with Colombia, where much of the U.S.-supplied aid is warehoused: Guaido has called for thousands of ordinary Venezuelans to assemble at the Colombian border on Saturday to help bring the aid across.

The clash came as Maduro announced Thursday plans to close the vast, jungle border with Brazil a day after he blocked air and sea travel between Venezuela and the nearby Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao, where the first cargo of relief supplies arrived earlier that day.

The clash came as Maduro announced Thursday plans to close the vast, jungle border with Brazil a day after he blocked air and sea travel between Venezuela and the nearby Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao, where the first cargo of relief supplies arrived earlier that day. (Reuters)

The clash came as Maduro announced Thursday plans to close the vast, jungle border with Brazil a day after he blocked air and sea travel between Venezuela and the nearby Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao, where the first cargo of relief supplies arrived earlier that day: Maduro said he was also weighing whether to shut the border with Colombia, where the bulk of aid is being stockpiled and exiled leaders have been gathering ahead of a fundraising concert Friday organised by British entrepreneur Richard Branson, in which several major Latin American pop artists will perform.

#AceNewsDesk report …………..https://t.me/liveuamap/5434 Published: February.22: 2019: US SAYS IT WILL DELIVER AID BLOCKED BY VENEZUELA, SETTING UP CONFRONTATION WITH MADURO REGIME

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(CARACAS, Venezuela.) JUST IN: Security forces have executed several people and arbitrarily detained hundreds of others in a campaign to punish people who protested against @NicolasMaduro, according to @amnesty Tension At Venezuelan Embassy In Costa Rica: pro-Maduro men trying to violently enter the Venezuelan Embassy #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Feb.20: Venezuelan security forces under the command of Nicolás Maduro executed and used excessive force against people, and arbitrarily detained hundreds of others, including teenagers, in an escalation of their policy of repression as a means of controlling the people of Venezuela and particularly to punish residents of impoverished neighborhoods that decided to protest between 21 and 25 January 2019, said Amnesty International today: “The authorities under Nicolás Maduro are trying to use fear and punishment to impose a repulsive strategy of social control against those who demand change. His government is attacking the most impoverished people that it claims to defend, but instead it murders, detains and threatens them,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International.

Venezuela has suffered a major crisis of massive human rights violations for years, with shortages of food, medicines, hyperinflation, violence and political repression forcing more than three million people to flee the country since 2015: Faced with this bleak reality, thousands have taken to the streets to demand a change in government. From 21 to 25 January, numerous demonstrations were registered, many of them in impoverished areas, where protests demanding this change had not previously been so visible. There is a strong presence of pro-Nicolás Maduro armed groups (commonly known as “colectivos”) in these areas, where residents depend to a large extent on the currently limited state programs to distribute staple foods.

The authorities under Nicolás Maduro are trying to use fear and punishment to impose a repulsive strategy of social control against those who demand change.

Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International

In just five days, at least 41 people died during these protests, all of them from gunshot wounds. More than 900 were arbitrarily detained, and just on 23 January (the day that demonstrations were held across the country), 770 arbitrary arrests were reported: During a research mission in the states of Lara, Yaracuy, Vargas, and different locations in Caracas, from 31 January to 17 February, Amnesty International gathered more than 50 testimonies and documented 15 emblematic cases, including some of serious human rights violations and crimes under international law. The findings of this investigation will soon be fully expanded on in a public report.

The evidence gathered in these different locations shows typical patterns: These indicate that the state authorities carried out selective extrajudicial executions as a method of social control using the Bolivarian National Police (PNB), mainly through its Special Actions Force (FAES), against people who participated in some way in the protests. The more impoverished areas of Caracas and other parts of the country were particularly affected and stigmatized, registering the highest numbers of victims, who were later presented as “criminals” killed in clashes with the authorities.

Extrajudicial executions: Amnesty International documented six extrajudicial executions at the hands of the FAES in several locations across the country, all with a similar modus operandi. In each case, the victims were in some way linked to the protests that had been held in previous days and the criticism that several of them had made against Nicolás Maduro had gone viral on social networks: The six victims were all young men whom authorities publicly described as having been killed in clashes with the FAES. This public security force tampered with the crime scenes and portrayed the victims as delinquents, saying that several of them had a criminal record, in an attempt to justify their deaths……………..“As we have seen many times in Venezuela, the authorities want us to believe that those who died during the protests – mainly young people from low-income areas – were criminals. Their only crime was daring to ask for change and to demand a dignified existence,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas.

Luis Enrique Ramos Suárez was 29 years old when FAES officers executed him on 24 January in the city of Carora: The day before, a voice note announcing protests against Nicolás Maduro and Carora’s mayor’s office had gone viral. In this voice note, Luis Enrique was mentioned by his nickname as one of the organisers.

On 24 January, more than 20 heavily armed and mostly masked members of the FAES illegally raided the Ramos Suárez household and mistreated the 10 family members who were present, including six children: After identifying Luis Enrique by his nickname, they made him kneel in the middle of the room while one officer took photos and others beat him: They locked the other family members in different rooms of the house, threatened them and beat them in different parts of the body. They then forcibly removed them from their home and transferred them in a PNB convoy to a location two kilometers from the house. Minutes later, they shot Luis Enrique twice in the chest. He died immediately.

According to the testimonies obtained, after executing Luis Enrique, FAES officers fired inside the house to simulate a shootout: In addition to fabricating evidence, they tampered with the crime scene, dragging the corpse to a vehicle in which it was finally transferred to the morgue, thus violating the minimum protocols for criminal investigation.

Excessive use of force: Amnesty International also documented the cases of two young men killed and a young man wounded by firearms at the hands of state security forces while participating in protests……………….Both the PNB and the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) participated in operations of this nature.

Alixon Pizani, a 19-year-old baker, died on 22 January from a bullet wound to the thorax while protesting with a group of friends in Catia, west of Caracas: According to witnesses, an officer wearing a PNB uniform mounted on a motorcycle fired a handgun at random into the crowd, seriously injuring two people.

Arbitrarily detaining more than a hundred adolescents and subjecting them to cruel treatment, which at times may have constituted torture, shows how far the authorities are willing to go in their desperate attempts to stop the protests and subdue the population.

Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International

Without receiving any help from the authorities, Alixon was transferred to a health center, where he died: Alixon’s family says that FAES officials began firing rounds at his friends and relatives at the hospital entrance, who immediately took refuge inside. To date there is no evidence that the public prosecutor’s office has initiated an investigation.

Arbitrary detentions: According to Venezuela’s Foro Penal, the authorities detained 137 children and adolescents throughout the country from January 21 to 31. Of those cases, Amnesty International documented the arbitrary detention of six people, including four teenagers who participated in a protest, or simply watched it from close by, in the city of San Felipe on January 23.

In an interview with Amnesty International, they said that upon being arrested, the authorities beat them, called them “guarimberos” (protestors who use violence) and “terrorists”, exposed them to irritant substances, deprived them of sleep, and threatened to kill them: According to their testimony, the officials who detained them belonged to several different state security forces and were accompanied by people dressed in civilian clothes……….“Arbitrarily detaining more than a hundred adolescents and subjecting them to cruel treatment, which at times may have constituted torture, shows how far the authorities are willing to go in their desperate attempts to stop the protests and subdue the population,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas………..The four teenagers were accused of crimes that, according to national law, they should not have been held in detention for, yet they were imprisoned for eight days by court order. They spent four of those days at the Rehabilitation Center for Minors, a military institution where they had their heads shaved and were forced to sing phrases like “We are Chávez’s children”…………….On 29 January, one of the judges in charge of three of these cases publicly stated that she had been ordered to keep the adolescents in custody, despite there being no legal justification. After making this complaint, she was removed from her position and left the country. The four adolescents are awaiting their trial and remain subject to restrictions on their freedom.

International justice is the only hope for victims of human rights violations in Venezuela. It is time to activate all available mechanisms to prevent further atrocities

Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International

The young men expressed how frustrating it was to live in an economic, social and political crisis at their age, where studying, eating or finding clothing is a daily challenge: Some expressed their desire to leave Venezuela in search of a better future.

Preliminary recommendations: The Venezuelan authorities must put an end to the policies of repression that they have developed in recent years and fulfill their obligation to guarantee justice, truth and reparation for victims of human rights violations or crimes under international law……………………..“The Venezuelan justice system seems to have a policy of abandoning the victims of human rights violations. The few people brave enough to file reports are left defenceless and in danger due to the lack of a response from the authorities,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas………………Due to the severe obstacles that obstruct the path justice in Venezuela, Amnesty International calls on the United Nations Human Rights Council to take action to address the total impunity that prevails in Venezuela, through the creation of an independent investigative body to monitor and report on the human rights situation in the country.

In addition, the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court should consider these facts, and if it deems them well founded, incorporate them as part of the preliminary examination already underway on Venezuela: Finally, countries genuinely concerned about the human rights situation in Venezuela should explore the application of universal jurisdiction, which serves as an alternative path to justice for victims that cannot access it locally…………..“International justice is the only hope for victims of human rights violations in Venezuela. It is time to activate all available mechanisms to prevent further atrocities,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas.

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(CARACAS, Venezuela) LATEST: After Maduro calls the military to protect him the EU makes move following US and U.K. to recognise Juan Guaido as interim president from next week as country agrees to sell UAE gold in the coming days in return for euros in cash, a senior official with knowledge of the plan said, in an effort by the troubled OPEC member to stay solvent as people planned demos to take place on Saturday

#AceNewsReport – Feb.02: European Union governments will move to recognise Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president from next week, but using cautious language for fear of setting a precedent for political crises, two EU diplomats said on Friday: https://t.me/reuters_news/71201……As Venezuela grapples with U.S. sanctions on its vital oil industry, socialist President Nicolas Maduro has made plans to lift some price and foreign exchange controls in a bid to revive the country’s battered economy, sources said #AceNewsDesk reports

Since 2014, Maduro’s government has directly imported and distributed raw material for industries like food processing and construction: But the government has now informed some companies in private meetings that they can buy their own foreign currency to import what they need, five industrial and financial industry sources said………..Until now they have had to go through the government’s complex system of exchange controls to obtain scarce foreign currency……………….But business leaders said the shift may have limited impact with Venezuela deep in hyperinflation after five years of recession.

Maduro blames the economic crisis on private companies, which he accuses of conspiring with the domestic opposition and the United States to wage an “economic war.” One of the people with knowledge of the policy changes said companies with export capacity would be the only ones that would be able to buy euros from banks………….The government would also make its system of price controls, which are intended to contain inflation but have instead contributed to shortages of basic goods, more “flexible” to allow prices to rise in line with the bolivar’s depreciation, the sources said: OPINION: The US cannot be allowed to get away with its aggressive interference in Venezuela

The people of Venezuela have courageously spoken out against Maduro and his regime and demanded freedom and the rule of law.

President Donald J. Trump (WHITEHOUSE PRESS STATEMENT)

RECOGNIZING THE LEGITIMATE GOVERNMENT OF VENEZUELA: The United States has officially recognized Juan Guaido as the Interim President of Venezuela.

Middle East Monitor reports ………..Venezuela sells UAE gold in exchange for cash

Venezuela will sell 15 tonnes of gold from central bank vaults to the United Arab Emirates in the coming days in return for euros in cash, a senior official with knowledge of the plan said, in an effort by the troubled OPEC member to stay solvent.

The sale this year of gold reserves began with a shipment on 26 January of three tonnes, Reuters reported the official saying, and follows the export last year of $900 million of mostly unrefined gold to Turkey.

In total, the plan is to sell 29 tonnes of gold held in Caracas by February, the source said, requesting anonymity in order to speak freely. Venezuela had reserves of 132 tonnes between the central bank’s vaults and the Bank of England at the end of November, according to central bank data.

The government of President Nicolas Maduro resorted to selling off gold after falling oil production, the country’s wider economic collapse and mounting US sanctions hit public income and made it hard for the country to access credit.

The United States, which is backing an attempt by the opposition to force Maduro to step down and call new elections, warned bankers and traders on Wednesday not to deal in Venezuelan gold.

Republican US Senator Marco Rubio sent a tweet to the United Arab Emirates embassy in Washington yesterday warning that anybody transporting Venezuelan gold would be subject to US sanctions.

Neither the embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Colombia, which covers Venezuela, or the central bank responded immediately to requests for comment.

#Venezuela Alert: Demonstrations are scheduled to take place throughout Venezuela on Feb 2 and may continue in the following days. The movement of U.S. government personnel will be restricted to the vicinity of the U.S. Embassy. Avoid large gatherings.
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(CARACAS, Venezuela) JUST IN: U.S & Canada Recognise Opposition Leader Juan Guaido as he declared himself interim president in a defiant speech before masses of anti-government demonstrators who took to the streets W ednesday as violence erupts to demand President Nicolas Maduro’s resignation #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Jan.23: He immediately drew recognition from the Trump administration, which said it would use the “full weight” of U.S. economic and diplomatic power to push for the restoration of Venezuela’s democracy: Raising his right hand in unison with tens of thousands of supporters, the head of the opposition-controlled congress took a symbolic oath before God to assume executive powers he says are his right under Venezuela’s constitution and take over the presidency until new elections can be called #AceNewsDesk reports


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Guaido said he was taking the politically risky step just two weeks after Maduro took his own oath to a second, six-year term confident that it was the only way to rescue Venezuela from “dictatorship” and restore constitutional order“: We know that this will have consequences,” Guaido, 35, told the cheering crowd standing before a lectern emblazoned with Venezuela’s national coat of arms.“To be able to achieve this task and to re-establish the constitution we need the agreement of all Venezuelans,” he shouted.

The declaration came as tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators poured into the streets Wednesday accusing embattled Maduro of usurping power and demand he step down as the country reels from a crushing economic crisis forcing millions to flee or go hungry: Large crowds of protesters gathered in Caracas waving flags and chanting “Get out Maduro!” in what was the largest demonstration since a wave of unrest that left more than 120 dead in 2017.

Pro-government demonstrators dressed in red in support of Maduro were also marching in the capital, at times crossing paths with opposition protesters and shouting “sell outs” and “traitors: “ National guardsmen launched tear gas at anti-government protesters in the middle-class neighborhood of El Paraiso but for the most part the marches continued without conflict.“Join us!” the protesters cried out to a line of officers wearing helmets and carrying shields. “You are also living this crisis!”The protest is considered a crucial test for the reinvigorated opposition as it seeks to send a forceful message that Maduro no longer has the people’s backing and appeals to the military and the poor to shift loyalties that until recently looked solidly behind the president. The protests were called to coincide with an historic date for Venezuelans — the anniversary of the 1958 coup that overthrew military dictator Marcos Perez Jimenez.“

The democratic forces are here advancing,” opposition leader Maria Corina Machado said as she marched: “Not so that Maduro changes but so that he leaves.”President Donald J. Trump in a statement called on other Western hemisphere governments to join him in recognizing Guaido.“The people of Venezuela have courageously spoken out against Maduro and his regime and demanded freedom and the rule of law,” Trump said.

The demonstration comes after a whirlwind week that saw an uprising by a tiny military unit put down by government forces, fires set during protests in poor neighborhoods and the brief detention by security forces of Guaido, the newly installed head of the opposition-controlled congress: Over the last two nights, Venezuelans angry over their country’s spiraling hyperinflation, and food and medical shortages have gathered in the streets banging pots and pans and setting up barricades in protest: In the city of San Felix, residents set fire to a statue of Maduro’s mentor and predecessor, the late Hugo Chavez.

In the southern city of Ciudad Bolivar, a 30-year-old worker, Carlos Olivares, was killed when four unidentified men descended from a beige Jeep and fired upon a crowd that was looting a store: Two more unidentified people were also killed, according to a police report of the incident, while two were injured

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: January.23: 2019:

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‘ South American Presidents of Venezuela and Bolivia Call IDF’s Incursion of Gaza Genocide ‘

#AceWorldNewsGAZA CITY – July 20 – The presidents of Venezuela and Bolivia have decried the IDF’s incursion into Gaza as genocide and called for the UN to condemn Israel. President Nicolas Maduro likened the latest operation, which has claimed over 350 lives, to an “extermination.”

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Venezuela called for an emergency session of the UN’s Human Rights Council to address Israel’s ongoing military incursion in Gaza, on Saturday. The South American nation’s government reiterated its support for the Palestinian people and warned the Israel had “initiated a higher phase of its policy of genocide and extermination with the ground invasion of Palestinian territory, killing innocent men, women, girls and boys.” 

“President Nicolas Maduro has instructed the Ambassador to the UN Jorge Valera to call for an emergency session of the Human Rights Council,” said an official statement on Saturday, adding the UN should address the “systematic violation of the Human Rights of the Palestinian population in Gaza by the State of Israel and adopt the necessary measures to halt those violations.” 

Venezuela has been a staunch supporter of Palestinian statehood, with the previous president, the late Hugo Chavez, severing relations with Israel after he compared its 2009 military incursion into Gaza to the Holocaust.

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‘ Venezuelan Opposition Leader Ordered to Stand Trial ‘

#AceWorldNews – VENEZUELA (Caracus) – June 05  – A Venezuelan opposition leader has been ordered to stand trial on charges of instigating violence at an anti-government demonstration, AFP reported.

A judge ruled that Leopoldo Lopez, who has been in custody for three months, should stand trial, the prosecutor’s office said Thursday.

Lopez is charged over violence that broke out during a rally against the government of Nicolas Maduro on February 12.

Leopoldo López (April 29, 1971) is a Venezuelan politician and democratic activist. He is currently the National Coordinator of  Popular Will , a social movement and political party, composed of thousands of activists and community, labor and youth leaders from all regions of Venezuela, which promotes a conciliatory message of peace, prosperity and progress and is committed to construction of an alternative country where all rights are for all Venezuelans. Will Leopoldo Popular with Venezuela has traveled end to end, discussing the national project “The ultimate Venezuela” . Leopoldo is currently a political prisoner of the dictatorship in Venezuela; is unjustly deprived of his liberty in Ramo Verde military prison.

Four students were also ordered to stand trial.

BIOGRAPHY 

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` Illegal Gold Mining has Become the ` New Cocaine of Latin America ‘ as Andean Countries Generate High Profits’

#AceNewsServices – COLUMBIA – May 01 – At least three people were killed and 25 others are still trapped after an illegal gold mine collapsed in Santander de Quilichao, a city in the south-western Colombian province of Cauca, Agencia EFE cited emergency services officials as saying.

The collapse occurred in a rural district off San Antonio Road, fire chief Victor Claros told reporters, adding that victims’ bodies have been removed from the site.

The media has dubbed illegal gold mining as the “new cocaine” of Latin America, as the Andean countries – including Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, and Brazil – are generating higher profits from it than from drug trafficking.

Illegal mining has become the “new cocaine” of Latin America in terms of illicit trading, as countries such as Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela and Bolivia, are said to be obtaining higher profits from the unlicensed activity than from drug trafficking. The ecological damage is even greater.

According to Chilean newspaper El Mercurio (in Spanish), the shady business in the Amazonian jungle of Peru is already generating 15% more profits than the country’s total estimated drug trafficking. The figure is shocking, as Peru is said to already be the world’s largest exporter of cocaine.

The latest study published by Peru’s government last month, revealed that illicit gold extraction has led to violence, pollution and the destruction of parts of the country’s precious rainforest— more than 50,000 hectares so far. The figure is significantly higher than the 18,000 ha authorities estimated last year.

What it’s worse, unlawful mining has spread to surrounding countries such as Ecuador, Venezuela and Bolivia, which is intensifying the damage on the Amazon, as well in water sources, reports El Mercurio.

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` Violent Activist Protests Continue Against Nicholas Maduro in Clashes with National Guard ‘

#AceWorldNews – CARACAS – April 27 – Violent protests continue against the government of Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, despite him having agreed to hold talks with the opposition.

Anti-government demonstrators clashed with the National Guard in the capital Caracas on Friday.

Maduro has agreed to hold talks with the opposition in the presence of an outside facilitator after weeks of unrest in the country.

The announcement was made on Thursday after two days of talks between foreign ministers of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), government officials, human rights groups, and student protesters.

Maduro said he would look forward to having UNASUR elect a “group of foreign ministers that could be witnesses and sit down” and talk with the opposition. He added that he was open to international observers.

The demonstrations erupted on February 4th in the western border city of San Cristobal and quickly spread to Caracas. At least 37 people have been killed in clashes with security forces since the start of the unrest.

Caracas says the protests are part of a US plot to topple the Venezuelan government.

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` Nicholas Maduro has Agreed to Meet with `Representatives of the Opposition ‘ to Help put an End to Protests ‘

#AceWorldNews – CARACUS – April 08 – (ALJ) – Venezuela’s president has agreed to meet representatives of the opposition to help put an end to the protests that have gripped the nation for more than two months.

Following a meeting with eight South American foreign ministers, Nicolas Maduro said on Monday that he had agreed to talk with opposition members on Tuesday.

“We had quite a long conversation,” Maduro said of the regional talks. “They proposed a meeting tomorrow with the opposition delegation, and I agreed.”

Thirty-nine people have died in clashes between security forces and protesters, who blame Maduro’s socialist government for soaring crime, high inflation and supply shortages.

However, only a small number of those opposing the government have agreed to participate in talks.

The more moderate Democratic Unity Round Table Coalition, which seeks change without unseating Muduro, said it would join the president for Tuesday’s discussions.

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` Russia in Talks with a Number of ` Latin American ‘ Countries over Creation of Logistics Facilities for Naval Ships ‘

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – March 29 – A senior Russian military official has confirmed that Russia is in talks with a number of Latin American countries over creation of logistics facilities for its naval ships, but at the same time dismissed rumours of Russia’s plans for planting its naval bases in some countries of the region.

Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov told reporters on Friday media speculations of a looming “Russian military expansion” into Latin America were devoid of any foundation.

Antonov said oppositional media were particularly zealous in that respect. In Venezuela and Nicaragua, for instance, a real information war was well under-way, he added.

“The purpose is to discredit the political leadership of both countries and to call in question the mutual benefits of military and military-technical cooperation with Russia,” he said.

“Such media either distort the real facts or are reluctant to understand the purposes and tasks of our policy in the region.”

“In that connection we would like to confirm that Russia’s military and military-technical cooperation with countries in the region is first and foremost geared to maintaining stability and international security,” Antonov said.

“It is not aimed at harming anyone’s interests. We rely on our partners’ voluntary consent to develop long-term ties.”

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` Venezuelan Protests have `Claimed ' the ` Lives ' of 37 in ` Violent Confrontations ' between Civilians and Security Forces '

#AceWorldNews – VENEZUELA – March 28 – A total 37 people have been killed during violent protests that started in Venezuela on February, 12, country’s attorney general, Luisa Ortega said.

The majority of them – 29 people – are civilians, while another eight are security forces. Ortega said that as part of investigation 17 policemen have been arrested and three of them were put in jail.

Two cases of use of torture, two killings and two attempted murders are also being investigated, she stressed.

The demonstration movement protested against President Nicolas Maduro’s government over inflation and the lack of basic products in the country such as paper, sugar and oil.

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1. March 23 – 11.16 GMT – #AceWorldNews – VENEZUELA – 23 March – Three more people have died in Venezuela amid clashes between protesters and police, bringing the death toll to 34. Saturday’s clashes erupted as protesters tried to block a highway in Caracas following a march, demanding the release of students detained during the unrest. Venezuela has been hit by a wave of violent protests. http://wp.me/p165ui-4uw

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` Maduro said that three ` Air Force Generals ‘ had been Arrested for Plotting an Uprising against his Government ‘

#AceWorldNews – VENEZUELA- March 25 – President Nicholas Maduro said Tuesday that three air force generals had been arrested for plotting an uprising against his left-wing government.

He told a meeting of South American foreign ministers that the three generals had been in contact with the opposition and “were trying to rise up against the legitimately constituted government.”

He added that the plot had been discovered because other officers had come forward.

The latest disclosure comes amid a broadening government crackdown against Maduro’s opponents after weeks of street protests have left 34 people dead.

AP – AFP – RT

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Venezuela: ` Witnesses the Worst Violence seen for Weeks as the Death Toll Rises to 36 and Many Innocents Die'

#AceWorldNews – VENEZUELA – March 25 – The death toll in Venezuela’s anti-government unrest has climbed to 36.

A pregnant woman was lethally shot near Caracas and a older one was killed in the western state of Merida, officials announced.

The 28-year-old pregnant woman was shot dead on Sunday during a protest as she was getting off a bus stopped by a barricade set up by protesters. In a separate accident, a National Guard sergeant was shot shot in the neck during clashes in the western state of Merida.

Venezuela has been hit by a wave of violent protests that have continued for almost a month, with people in the streets accusing the government of inflation and holding it responsible for the lack of basic products in the country.

President Nicolas Maduro has repeatedly accused the White House of sponsoring members of the opposition with a view to destabilize Venezuela.

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` Three more people have died in `Venezuelan ‘ clashes between Police and Protesters Increasing Death Toll ‘

#AceWorldNews – VENEZUELA – 23 March – Three more people have died in Venezuela amid clashes between protesters and police, bringing the death toll to 34. Saturday’s clashes erupted as protesters tried to block a highway in Caracas following a march, demanding the release of students detained during the unrest. Venezuela has been hit by a wave of violent protests.

The demonstration movement is angry at President Nicolas Maduro’s government over inflation and the lack of basic products in the country such as paper, sugar, and oil.

AP

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Venezuela; ` Intelligence Services `Sebin ‘ Arrest ` Daniel Ceballos ‘ in ` San Cristobel ‘ attending Opposition Summit ‘

#AceWorldNews – Daniel Ceballos, mayor of the western city of San Cristóbal, and one of the leading opposition figures throughout the protests against incumbent President Nicolas Maduro, has been arrested by the country’s intelligence service, Sebin.

“This is an act of justice for a mayor who not only failed to meet his obligations under the law, but also facilitated and supported all the irrational violence in this city,” said Sebin chief, Miguel Rodríguez Torres.

San Cristóbal has been one of the hotspots for clashes between pro and anti-government forces that have resulted in more than 30 deaths throughout the country.

Ceballos had been attending a summit for opposition-minded mayors in Caracas when he was detained.

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Venezuela ` Chilean Student shot dead whilst clearing away a barricade put up by Anti-Government Protester ‘s’

#AceWorldNews A Chilean woman was shot dead while clearing a barricade put up by anti-government protesters, Reuters reported.

Gisela Rubilar, 47, who was studying in the western Venezuelan city of Merida, is the first foreign fatality during a month of civil unrest in Venezuela, authorities said.

“She was ambushed by an extreme right-wing group,” Alexis Ramirez, the governor of Merida state, said, blaming the killing of Rubilar on unidentified demonstrators.

The deaths of Rubilar and of a protester shot in the border state of Tachira, brought to at least 22 the number of fatalities in five weeks of unrest.

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” Interview with editor of `VenezuelaAnalysis & RT News’ over demands about `Crime & Inflation’ by protesters in Venezuela”

#AceWorldNews says the opposition in Venezuela says their protests are about crime and inflation, but they haven’t come forward with any concrete proposals as to how to deal with these problems, Gregory Wilpert, founder and editor of VenezuelaAnalysis.com, told RT.

Wilpert says that the majority of the population are actually against the protests, because they completely disrupt their daily lives.

RT: President Maduro has called for a peace conference in an attempt to meet with the opposition and resolve the current protests. Why are members of the opposition refusing to sit down with the government?

Gregory Wilpert: Well, that’s a good question. I think the reason that they are refusing is because they don’t really seem to have very clear demands and they are very internally divided right now. That is they say the protests are about crime and inflation but they haven’t come forward at least with any concrete proposals as to how to deal with these problems. So it’s not very clear what they would even talk about even if they were to meet with the government.

RT: While the nation’s economy, crime rate and lack of basic food supplies prompted the protests, what is continuing to fuel the aggression?

GW: Well, I think it’s actually also a battle within the opposition for the upper hand, with certainly those issues – the inflation and the crime rate – but it has to recognize that there is a diminishing or very small group really that are blockading the streets and engaging in confrontations with the police. It’s really only a very small handful, according to some polls actually over 70 percent of the population is opposed to these protests because they are completely disrupting their daily lives, because of the street blockades that are going on in various parts of the country, mostly in the strongholds of the opposition actually.

RT: President Maduro and others have said that other countries have had a hand in supporting the opposition and perhaps even planning a coup. What would other nations seek to gain from the ousting of Maduro’s administration?

GW: Certainly the United States has opposed Maduro and Chavez for a very long time and so has the conservative government in Colombia. Both governments have in various ways been supporting paramilitaries going into Venezuela from Colombia. Also the US government [has been] supporting opposition groups with funding and with these public statements, for example, that the Secretary of State Kerry recently made, which essentially gave the opposition a shot in the arm, because he legitimated their protests even though it’s quite clear that most of the protesters are being violent and seeking confrontations with the police.

RT: Last week Maduro expelled three US diplomats from the country, to which Washington responded by ousting three Venezuelan representatives. What are the implications of this diplomatic dispute?

GW: I don’t think it could blow up into a larger diplomatic dispute. Both sides have said repeatedly that they do want to improve the relations and Maduro just proposed a new ambassador for Venezuela in the United States, so he is definitely interested in improving relations, but the US is actually the one that has said: “We need something to go slower, we need more positive steps,” without saying what those positive steps would be. So it seems more like that the US is less interested in positive relations than Venezuela at this moment, although of course one has to say that it was Venezuela that expelled the diplomats. But that was because they were found to have intervened and met with opposition groups.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.

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` President Nicholas Maduro’s supporters rally under the banner of `March of the Seniors’ taking to the streets in down-town Caracus”

#AceWorldNews says supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro have taken to the streets of the capital Caracas amid continuing political tension in the South American country.

On Sunday, hundreds of people took part in a rally called the “March of Seniors” in down-town Caracas to show their support for the government.

The rally came a day after 25 people were injured during the largest anti-government demonstrations in the capital.

Meanwhile, Maduro has welcomed a meeting with opposition leader Henrique Capriles in attempt to ease the tension in the country.

The two will meet on Monday during a routine gathering of governors and mayors in the Presidential Palace.

Venezuela has been the scene of pro, anti-government protests for nearly two weeks now, and at least eight people have died in the related violence.

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” Freanch police seize 1.4 tons of Cocaine at port of Le Havre”

#AceWorldNews says French police said on Friday they had seized a record 1.4 tons of cocaine at the port of Le Havre.

At least one person was arrested during the raid at the northern port, which took place on Thursday, AFP reported.

The previous record cocaine haul in France was the seizure of 1.3 tons of the drug in September. It was hidden in 30 suitcases on an Air France flight from Venezuela.

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