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Wife of Venezuelan Political Prisoner Barred Entry to Ecuador over “Activism”

By: Karina Martín - Mar 16, 2017, 2:16 pm
Lilian Tintori was denied entry to Ecuador because of the government's allegations that she was planning political activism (
Lilian Tintori was denied entry to Ecuador because of the government’s allegations that she was planning political activism (El Universal).

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On Wednesday, March 15, the Ecuadorian Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Communication explained why Lilian Tintori was denied entry to the Andean nation.

According to a press conference, Tintori, the wife of Venezuelan political prisoner Leopoldo López, did not have the necessary documentation to participate in political activities in Ecuador and for that reason was not allowed access to the country.

“The activities of political proselytism are prohibited with a tourist visa,” said the vice minister of the Interior, Diego Fuentes.

“I saw her recent video, but unfortunately, her rationale for entering Ecuador does not correspond to her intentions, because her passport does not give her authorization to do activism or political proselytism,” said the governor of Ecuador’s Guayas province, Luis Monge.

Lilian Tintori, meanwhile, expressed her discomfort at the refusal of her entry to Ecuador, and urged Ecuadorians to end the “dictatorship” of current president Rafael Correa.

The Venezuelan activist called upon the Ecuadorian people to, “fight, raise your voice, as on April 2 you have the opportunity to decide your future, to end with this oppressive system.”

“I do not want Ecuador to become another Venezuela, I do not want Ecuador to endure what the Venezuelan people are living,” Tintori said.

“Rafael Correa acts and gives orders like the [Venezuelan president] Nicolás Maduro, he maintains the socialism of the 21st century, which for me is the dictatorship of the 21st century,” continued Tintori from Miami International Airport, where she was obligated to return after being denied entry at Guayaquil International Airport.

Opposition presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso released a video in which he expressed solidarity with Tintori, who has become one of the most visible critics of the Maduro regime.

Currently, Lasso is locked in an intense battle with former vice president Lenin Moreno, who he forced into a second round presidential election when neither candidate won a simple majority, nor 40% of the votes, with a 10% margin of victory.

Polls show a tight race: a recent Cedatos poll gives Lasso a 4 point advantage, while another poll by Diagnostico gives Moreno a 9 point lead.

Sources: La Republica, El Nacional, El Universal

Karina Martín Karina Martín

Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.

Venezuelan Regime Rejects both Humanitarian Aid and UN Recommendations

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Mar 16, 2017, 1:49 pm
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Español Once again, Nicolas Maduro's regime rejected international aid to help resolve the crisis the nation faces, as significant food and medicine shortages in Venezuela are crippling the nation's people. According to the report that Venezuela presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council, Maduro's government made it clear that it will only implement three of the 274 recommendations made by the organization in the II Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights. Read More: Venezuelan Congress Declares Humanitarian Crisis, Demands President Maduro Allow Foreign Aid Read More: Venezuela's Socialist Catastrophe: Even Soldiers Are Eating from the Garbage Maduro not only refused to ask for international aid, but also showed no interest in taking measures to remedy the extreme scarcity of basic products. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   A report published by the media outlet Crónica Uno reveals that Venezuela also completely rejected the recommendations aimed at guaranteeing freedom of expression, association, and political participation. The government also rejected the recommendations on independence of powers, or those that urged president Maduro to end the controversial crime plan Operation Liberation of the People (PLO). In their report, government authorities justified their decision to dismiss these suggestions due to "their misrepresentation, lack of reality, or falsehood." Venezuela only committed to carry out three recommendations, two related to the fight against teenage pregnancy and the other that urges it to comply with the results on the educational quality consultation. Meanwhile, Venezuelan authorities assured the UN that 187 of the 274 suggestions, are already are being applied and implemented. Nicolas Maduro's government has seen an economic collapse in the country in recent years, fueled by falling oil prices, massive currency devaluation, economic mismanagement, and political instability. Recently the ruling regime has sought to take steps to limit the participation of opposition political parties in regional elections that were supposed to be scheduled last year. International observers and human rights organizations have widely deemed his electoral plans to be merely a thinly veiled attempt to ban political opposition. Source: Crónica Uno

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