Venezuelan Military Beat Up Congressmen Denouncing Chavista Coup

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Mar 30, 2017, 4:45 pm
Venezuela's Supreme Court has declared the National Assembly to be out of order, a move likely to prompt even further unrest in the country (
Venezuela’s Supreme Court has declared the National Assembly to be out of order, a move likely to prompt even further unrest in the country (Sumarium).


After hearing the ruling of the highest court in Venezuela in which the approved the annulment of the Parliament, members of Congress protested and held a press conference outside of the court. In the midst of this, the Venezuelan military struck members of Congress.

Officers of the National Guard physically assaulted several deputies who only expressed their opposition to the court’s ruling. The deputies attacked were Marco Bozo, Carlos Paparoni, and Juan Requesens.

The National Assembly’s board of directors called Judgment 156 of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) as a coup d’etat in which it ruled that the judiciary would assume full parliamentary powers.

“This is a coup, it is a dictatorship and in all the nations of the world, all the alarms must be turned on. This National Assembly does not know the TSJ. This Assembly refuses to recognize and ignores this sentence of the Supreme Court,” emphasized Borges.

“We were chosen by 14 million Venezuelans … You are not going to go unpunished, we are going to make denunciations inside and outside Venezuela for your crimes against humanity,” he said.

He also commented “What is the difference of this sentence with the previous ones? That this sentence grants all the powers to Nicolás Maduro to make the laws that he pleases.”

Borges called on the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) to ignore the last two rulings of the Supreme Court of Justice and restore Constitutional order.

The president of the National Assembly, Julio Borges, announced in the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling, that the opposition will take to the streets in protest. The first will take place this Saturday, April 1.

“We call for different street actions in which we hope the people will accompany us. We know that there is fear and repression but this is the time to make your voice heard,” he stated.

The Supreme Court, which has heavily favored the regime of Nicolás Maduro, ruled that the National Assembly, in which the opposition enjoys a large majority, will no longer exercise its function, because they supposedly remain in contempt of the court.

The judicial ruling declares the “National Assembly out of Constitutional order” and warns that “as long as the contempt and invalidity of the proceedings of the National Assembly persists, this Constitutional Chamber shall ensure that the parliamentary powers are exercised directly by this Chamber, in order to ensure the rule of law.”

Source: La Patilla

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

Immigrants Headed for the US Turn to Sea Travel as Land Patrolling Intensifies

By: Adriana Peralta - @AdriPeraltaM - Mar 30, 2017, 4:22 pm

EspañolDue to immigration pressure on land and areas controlled by drug cartels, many illegal immigrants are choosing to enter the United States by sea. Every night, dozens of immigrants near the border travel through Chiapas, pass through the Isthmus of Tehuantepec to Veracruz and end up in Tamaulipas. "There are three or four daily boats around here that leave with 15 or 20 chickens each," Gabriel Ortega, a councilor to the mayor of Mazatan, Mexico, said It is estimated that 400,000 people travel through Mexico each year trying to reach the United States, most of them from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, where poverty and violence run rampant. "Many people are involved in this and some prisoners have already been detained," said a former coyote interviewed by the newspaper El País. The former coyote was also a fisherman, and for many years was dedicated to transporting Central Americans across the border. They explained that human trafficking is an alternative to shrimp fishing "because the sea no longer feeds." googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); Immigration by sea shares several characteristics with land immigration: polleros or coyotes have the authority and knowledge to move people. "Pay 8,000 pesos (US $400) and go," the coyote said through an audio message on WhatsApp. "And if somebody is afraid ... they will pay you, and if not, you throw them out and let them go by land, it's better for you." The advantage of going by sea is that illegal immigrants avoid border controls between Guatemala and Mexico. Each person pays between US $400 $800 for the service, though there are no official figures on the price for such a service. "The route had been hidden and was dedicated to drug trafficking but in recent months it has been systematized as a route to transport people," Jose Luis Gonzalez, a Jesuit priest who works with refugees, said. Immigrating on the "beast train" is more difficult than before. Last year, the Mexican government ordered the train speed up to 60 kilometers per hour from 30, making it more difficult for people to ride it illegally. Source: El País

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