Update: The U.S. slapped sanctions on the Venezuela regime. Details on CNN Money.
Venezuela is about to become a whole lot more violent after President Maduro held a sham election where the only candidates were leftist allies of his. The opposition boycotted the election and 7.2 million people took to the streets to protest during the vote.
Maduro falsely claimed 8 million voted but the lines were nonexistent or very small and that claim is highly unlikely.
The vote gives Maduro dictatorial powers which he has promised to use to re-write the constitution, imprison all political opponents, and load the courts and assemblies with allies.
Maduro is in league with Iran and Cuba and is a great admirer of Cuba’s communist nation.
Maduro is blaming the United States and opposition leaders for all his troubles, not the socialist policies he used to destroy his nation.
Yesterday, Maduro arrested and his forces have been torturing a young violinist, famous for playing the national anthem during protests.
Maduro pledged to use the virtually unlimited powers of the new assembly to go after political foes, saying he will jail opposition lawmakers.
Maduro made clear in a televised address Saturday evening that he intends to use the assembly to govern without limitation, describing the vote as “the election of a power that’s above and beyond every other. It’s the super power!”
He said he wants the assembly to strip opposition legislators of their constitutional immunity from prosecution and jail at least one — Freddy Guevara, a hard-line opposition leader and one the highest-profile organizers of four months of protests against the government.
“This little Hitler has his cell guaranteed!” Maduro shouted, using his frequent nickname for Guevara.
In March, Maduro said all Supreme Court judges elected by Parliament and their deputies would be arrested.
Maduro indicated he is eager to prosecute many more members of the opposition parties that control a handful of state governments along with the National Assembly, providing one of the few remaining checks on the power of the Socialist party that has ruled this OPEC nation for nearly two decades, SRN news reported.
A number of people died yesterday, several police officers and 13 protesters as well as candidate for the constituent assembly – Maduro’s communists.
The NY Times article made no mention of socialism, the new communism one can expect, Maduro’s relationship with Iran and Cuba. It said nothing about how Maduro destroyed his own country that was, prior to socialism, the richest country in South America. The article did sport a photo of celebrants after the election to declare Venezuela a dictatorship.
As the Wall Street Journal reported, Venezuela now heads for civil war.
Opinion: The Venezuelan regime has guns and armored vehicles, but the people have numbers and anger. https://t.co/spneakPonw
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) July 31, 2017
Perhaps related to Maduro’s relationship with Middle East terrorists is the fact that he is taking in slews of refugees while he can’t feed his own people.
While my country creates entire welfare programs for middle eastern migrants they arrest refugees from Venezuela. pic.twitter.com/uzgO5CXLkM
— Michelle Catlin 🐍 (@CatlinNya) July 31, 2017