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Venezuelan Regime’s Repression Is “Brutal:” OAS Chief Almagro

By: Karina Martín - Apr 5, 2017, 11:28 am
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The Venezulan government’s repression against its own people ” is absolutely unacceptable,” said Almagro. (flickr)

On April 4, the Venezuelan opposition held a march with the aim of reaching the National Assembly, where a session was scheduled to begin the removal process of judges from the Supreme Court of Justice.

However, the Bolivarian National Guard and the National Police prevented the demonstration from fulfilling its objective by spraying the protesters with tear gas, pellets, and even gun shots.

Due to these events, the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, manifested his absolute rejection towards the Venezuelan regime’s repression against demonstrators.

“What has taken place has led me to condemn the brutal repression carried out by the Venezuelan government against demonstrators in the streets of the Venezuelan capital,” he said.

The OAS memorandum stated that the protest was “violently suppressed by the Bolivarian National Police, which included civilian shock forces in the service of the authoritarian regime installed in Caracas.” The document made clear that the protest was summoned under the protection of the right of free expression and freedom of protest.

 

 

Likewise, Almagro denounced that the repression by state security forces violated citizens’ civil and political rights while their physical integrity and right to life were also undermined:

It is absolutely unacceptable that the authoritarian frenzy that has led the Venezuelan government to abandon democracy through a self-induced coup d’état, and to place itself beyond the inter-American constitutional legality, has become once again into repression against its own people.

Almagro urged the Venezuelan regime to stop repressing its people and to restore democracy.

Sources: Efecto Cocuyo; El Nacional.

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.

No Major Changes in US Cuba Policy: Business Licenses Issued

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Apr 4, 2017, 2:38 pm
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Español The United States government, headed by Donald Trump, has promised to review its policy on Cuba, but Cuba has not yet enjoyed the expected results from Obama's thaw. One example is that Cuba International Network (CIN), which specializes in television production and audiovisual material, received a license to operate in the Caribbean country and would thus to be able to sign contracts with state-run companies on the island. This license, which was authorized by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), is a function of the US Department of the Treasury, which allows CIN to have a contractual arrangement with the state-owned Radio and Television Commercialization Company (RTV) and allows transactions which facilitate offering services to Americans and other international clients, as well as hiring equipment and local personnel. Read More: Cuban Newspaper Attacks US Senator Rubio for "Blackmailing" Countries into Supporting Venezuela Sanctions Read More: Cuban Doctors Sent to Venezuela Say They Were Deceived, Forced to Fabricate Statistics "As broadcasters, we have been watching the changes that are taking place concerning Cuba closely, and if there is going to be a market, and many of the companies we work with want to go to Cuba to produce content," said Barry H. Pasternak, founder and executive director of the aforementioned company. Pasternak also mentioned that his company currently has "the possibility of filming a commercial with a camera to produce any type of events" in addition to informing that they have the support of great American producers like Gearhouse Broadcast and PRG. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   This license was authorized on March 20th. The initial process began in December of 2015 when former president Barack Obama was still in office. Although the company already has the authorization to film in Cuba, it does not yet have all the permits required by the island's authorities in order to have office space there, but the procedures have already begun as informed by its founder and director who said that he is "very happy that the government knows that we are trying to benefit the United States. We are Americans. We want to support an industry that has never filmed in Cuba, an unexplored country and many people want to see that country." The entrepreneur also stated that his business has no political interests, "We are not building the wall, the embargo is outside our area of expertise; our job is to make films, produce quality content, and we are not a political company," he said. Source: El Nuevo Herald

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