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Former Mexican President Vicente Fox Tells Venezuelan Dictator to Go to Cuba “with His Pals”

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - May 17, 2017, 6:37 pm
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Former Mexican President Vicente Fox labeled Venezuelan President Maduro’s call for a Constitutional Assembly a strategy to gain time (Flickr).

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Former Mexican president, Vicente Fox, said that in the midst of the bloody crises Venezuela is facing  today, Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro must “allow” free elections to take place so that his departure from power can be “dignified”.

Nicolas Maduro must “leave his pride behind, forget the mandate given to him by Hugo Chavez and allow free elections, so that he can leave with some dignity and can prevent the bloodshed,” said the former Mexican president.

But if the Venezuelan dictator does not leave power democratically, Fox said, “if not, let his accomplices in Cuba or some other Latin American country receive him as a refugee.” The former president insisted, “Venezuela has been living its worst period for decades.”

“It is unspeakable for a couple of dictators, a couple of messianic populist leaders, to destroy a great nation, a great economy, in such a short time,” said Fox, referring to Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro.

As for the Venezuelan dictator’s measure to convene a National Constituent Assembly, Fox said that it is a strategy to “buy time” but that is a “bad move, what he should do is call an election as soon as possible.”

Last Monday, former president Fox gave these statements at the event “the new approach of NAFTA and its implications for Central America” that took place in Managua, Nicaragua.

Maduro has presided over a collapse of the Venezuelan economy and a crackdown on democracy in the South American nation, where the opposition has routinely cried foul.

In recent months Maduro has refused to hold regional elections, banned opposition leader Henrique Capriles Radonski from political life, and attempted to dissolve the nation’s opposition-controlled National Assembly, moves which have only furthered the nation’s slide into  chaos.

Source: Cubanet

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

Venezuela Regime Buys Anti-Personnel Mines With Plans to Arm One Million Untrained Civilians

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - May 17, 2017, 4:33 pm
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EspañolVenezuela's Opposition Leader Henrique Capriles Radonski spoke out this week against President Nicolas Maduro's alleged purchase of "antipersonnel mines" that would increase repression of protests. Capriles said Maduro is implementing a plan called the "Book Operation" with the country's military, which would approve a purchase of the equipment and in turn allow for an increase in repression of anti-dictatorship protests. https://twitter.com/hcapriles/status/864881285482893317 Capriles said the Bolivarian National Guard will supply armed groups with both vests and weapons starting this Wednesday, May 17 in order to "to contain demonstrations." He called it "Phase Two of the Zamora Plan," which will be implemented in each state across the country. According to Capriles, "Phase Three" of the plan can be described as a "civil war." Following these statements, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez announced the second phase of the Zamora Plan and the transfer of more than 2,000 military and 600 special-operation troops to the state of Tachira. Last Monday, April 18, President Maduro started the first (or "green") phase of Plan Zamora "to defeat the coup." At that time, Maduro claimed there was aggression against his office led by the United States' Department of State, which was also linked to opposition leaders — mainly National Assembly President Julio Borges. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   Armed civilians On April 17, Maduro announced that he wanted to defend Chavez's legacy and the revolution by delivering weapons to more than one million civilians that are part of the Venezuela militia. The country's militia is composed of Venezuelan civilians created by Hugo Chávez in 2007, and which are supposed to serve as a complement to the Bolivarian National Armed Force. That is not the first time that Maduro has said he would be arming Venezuelan civilians without military experience to fulfill his goal of defending Chavez's legacy. On January 17, the president said he was preparing a "secret weapon of war" in Venezuela. Sources: NTN 24

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