Venezuela’s socialist President Nicolas Maduro is reportedly “torturing and jailing” senior members of his own military; fearing an impending coup after years of economic collapse and political chaos.
“Amid fears of military coups and assassination plots, the Venezuelan government has increasingly been detaining and torturing military personnel and their families, a new report finds. The increased abuses against the armed forces — one of the linchpins of President Nicolás Maduro’s political survival — underscore the challenges he’ll face as he begins a new six-year term on Thursday,” writes the Miami Herald.
The report -released this week by Human Rights Watch- cites at least 36 incidents where senior military members or their families were abruptly arrested.
“The Venezuelan government has brutally cracked down on members of the military accused of plotting against it,” writes the report. “Not only are intelligence agents detaining and torturing members of the military, in some cases they are also going after their families or other civilians when they can’t find the suspects.”
Read the full report at the Miami Herald.
HALEY SOUNDS OFF: Nikki Haley Joins Protesters, Calls for REMOVAL of Venezuela's Maduro
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley joined hundreds of protesters outside the United Nations Thursday; addressing the demonstrators with a megaphone and calling for the outright removal of Venezuela’s socialist President Nicolas Maduro.
The unusual move for one of the nation’s top diplomats highlighted the devastating impact of Venezuela’s ongoing financial crisis and economic collapse.
US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, joined protests against the Venezuela's President Maduro outside the UN building in New York pic.twitter.com/NPO352cftA
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“We are going to fight for Venezuela and we are going to continue doing it until Maduro is gone!” yelled Haley.
“We need your voices to be loud and I will tell you, the US voice is going to be loud,” she added. “What we saw is what no one should live … while Maduro is eating in nice restaurants.”
Haley’s comments come days after Maduro was seen dining on $100 steaks and smoking lavish cigars during a recent trip to Asia to secure aid for his starving citizens.
Read the full report at Yahoo News.
LIFE SUPPORT: Venezuela’s Maduro to Receive MILLIONS in UN AID for the First Time
The United Nations announced this week it will be donating $9.2 million in aid to help ease Venezuela’s escalating financial and humanitarian disaster; the first emergency funding given to Socialist President Nicolas Maduro’s brutal regime.
“The United Nations on Monday announced $9.2 million in health and nutritional aid for crisis-stricken Venezuela,” writes Reuters. “It is the first U.N. emergency funding for the government of President Nicolas Maduro, which blames the country’s economic problems on U.S. financial sanctions.”
International critics argue the aid won’t likely reach those in need, but will end up in the hands of government officials and key Maduro insiders.
According to a former Venezuelan treasurer Maduro has taken in upwards of $1 billion in corruption and bribes since taking power.
Read the full report at Reuters.