OAS Secretary General Releases Video Condemning the Venezuelan Regime’s “Criminal” Repression

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Apr 12, 2017, 2:53 pm
“Repression is increasing in Venezuela,” Almagro said. “It is authoritarian to repress those who seek democracy.”(Flickr)

EspañolSecretary General of the Organization of American States Luis Almagro released a new, emphatic video with a message against the “abuses and aggressions” of Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro.

In the video, Almagro condemned the Venezuelan National Guard’s brutal suppression of demonstrations against the government.

“Repression is increasing in Venezuela,” he said at the start of a video published through the OAS. “It is authoritarian to repress protesters who seek democracy.”

He rejected “the criminal habits” of Maduro, most specifically the order to fire tear gas at protesters from a helicopter.

Also, state security officials who threw similar chemicals into a clinic in Caracas.


Almagro praised the people of Venezuela, who he said “have demonstrated their high morals and their capacity to become stronger in the face of adversity.”

“They have shown their ability to continue calling for justice that has been illegitimately taken from them, the possibility to express themselves freely by vote,” he said.

“As Secretary General of the OAS, I will continue to strongly condemn each time the population is subjected to such abuses and incivility,” he said.

Source: El Nuevo Herald

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

Former Brazilian President Lula “Prepared” To Run Again in 2018

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Apr 12, 2017, 2:48 pm
Lula 2018

Español Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva says he is prepared to be a presidential candidate in 2018, despite being under investigation for the Lava Jato corruption scandal. Lula said he is "willing" to run for the Brazilian presidency in the upcoming elections and assured that "his adversaries are very nervous." Read More: Odebrecht Confesses to Giving Former Brazil President Lula US $4 Million in Bribes Read More: Brazil's Lula to be Tried for Corruption in Lava Jato Case Lula believes that Brazilians "are nostalgic" for the time in which he was president (2003-2010) and assured that he currently leads the polls. "What I mean is that if it is necessary, if the PT [Workers' Party] needs it, I am willing to be a presidential candidate again," he added. His statements were in response to new corruption allegations against him. On Monday, it was announced that Marcelo Odebrecht, the construction company involved in the corruption scandal's lead executive, told the court that he paid Lula 13 million reais (about US $4.15 million). Lula defended himself and criticized the leak of "untrue" statements to the press. Investigations in Brazil have shown that the largest corruption scheme took place under Lula's government, where a group of companies benefited from bidding at Petrobras, and those companies paid bribes that went to officials and politicians, reaching up to the highest levels of government. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   Lula is under investigation in connection with the Lava Jato operation. One investigation is allegedly claims that payments were made for a former Petrobras director's silence; another is for Operation Zelotes, a framework that favored companies that did not pay taxes, as well as an investigation into influence peddling, and finally for money laundering which allegedly included an apartment on the coast Of Sao Paulo as one of the inducements. Likewise, Lula is accused of participating in the project of rerouting between 2% and 3% of the value of the contracts signed between state-owned Petrobras and the construction company Odebrecht. Source: El Nuevo Herald

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