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News compilation by New Cold, Oct 27, 2016

Venezuela police officer shot, killed during right-wing protest

TeleSur, Thursday, Oct 26, 2016

Right-wing protest in Caracas, Venezuela on Oct 26, 2016 against the socialist gov't of President Nicolas Maduro (EPA photo)

Right-wing protest in Caracas, Venezuela on Oct 26, 2016 against the socialist gov’t of President Nicolas Maduro (EPA photo)

A Venezuelan policeman has died after being shot during an opposition protest late Wednesday in the province of Miranda, Minister of the Interior and Justice Nestor Reverol said, adding there were two other officers injured.

Reverol stated that the officer was shot after the police tried to disperse an opposition march to preserve public order on the Panamerican highway in San Antonio de los Altos [region of Caracas], adding that two suspects were in custody.

“There are two people detained for questioning, and an order will be issued to begin investigations to clarify this murder,” said Reverol.

Anti-gov't protest in Caracas, Venezuela on Oct 26, 2016

Anti-gov’t protest in Caracas, Venezuela on Oct 26, 2016

The wounded officers were taken to a private clinic, where Jose Alejandro Molina Ramirez died, shot in the abdomen and arm. Medouza Dany Daniel Briceno was shot in one hand, Davis Jose Laya Ayala was hit in one arm and Miguel Antonio Cuevas Pirela had a wound on his face from a blunt object, but all were out of danger, the doctors informed.

Reverol said the right-wing opposition was responsible for the death of officer Molina. He also confirmed that four policemen were injured in Zulia state during the protests. “The officer killed is Jose Alejandro Molina Ramirez who was shot in the abdomen and arm.”

Pro-government supporters rally in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas on Oct 26, 2016 (photo by PSUV)

Pro-government supporters rally in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas on Oct 26, 2016 (photo by PSUV)

The right wing had called for a “Taking of Venezuela” marches across the country on Wednesday, provoking clashes that led to more than a hundred injuries.

Despite some factions of the opposition agreeing to talks with the government, some of the splintered right wing have refused dialogue and instead called for a national strike on Friday and a more provocative march to the Miraflores presidential palace [in Caracas] on Nov. 3.

Miranda’s governor is right-wing leader Henrique Capriles, who denied that opposition forces had agreed to talks with the socialist government Tuesday and has been instrumental in calling for street demonstrations and the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro.[1] “This needs to keep growing so that the government understands once and for all that we’re doing this for real,” said two-time presidential loser Capriles.

The National Assembly, in contempt of the constitution, voted Tuesday to start an impeachment process against Maduro, even though any actions it takes have been nullified by the Supreme Court in the country.

Crowds at the protests where the officer was shot chanted “This government is going to fall!”

Clashes also broke out in the western town of San Cristobal that was an epicenter of violence during 2014 anti-Maduro protests that left at least 40 people dead.

[1] Miranda state is one of the 23 states of Venezuela and the second most populous after Zulia State. As of the 2011 census, it had a population of 2,675,165 residents. The state is adjacent to the city of Caracas. The population of the metropolitan region of Caracas is app 5 million; the population of Venezuela is app 31 million.

Related news:
Supporters of President Maduro mobilize against right-wing ‘Taking of Venezuela’ march, TeleSur, Oct 26, 2016

The right-wing opposition’s calls for the “Taking of Venezuela” was rejected by pro-government forces as tens of thousands of Venezuelans poured into the streets of Caracas and other major cities Wednesday for pro- and anti-government marches…

Venezuela recall referendum campaign by right wing explained, in-depth feature on TeleSur

Venezuela military rejects rogue National Assembly call to destabilize gov’t; Russian gov’t appeals for adherence to constitutional order, Venezuela Analysis, Oct 26, 2016 [see Venezuela Analysis for extensive news and analysis of the right-wing surge in Venezuela]

Venezuelan opposition calls for direct action to force referendum, The Guardian, Oct 27, 2016 [in which The Guardian news report expresses the views of the right-wing opposition to the Venezuelan gov’t]

Oct 3, 2016 statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry on the political conflict in Venezuela (full text):

The recent political developments in Venezuela are evidence of attempts by the irreconcilable internal forces to escalate tensions using external support. Their goal is to remove the Venezuelan Government from power at all costs.

The pretext used for the latest attempt to fuel tensions was the National Electoral Council’s decision on a procedure for preparing a nationwide recall referendum, which is the equivalent of a popular no-confidence vote.

We must state in this connection that respect for the Constitution and the law is the only basis for dealing with internal political issues in Venezuela, or any other country. Sidestepping the legal framework or using external pressure to provoke this are unacceptable, no matter the pretext for justification. Only the Venezuelan people, as the holders of sovereignty, can determine their future based on constitutional processes.

As for the international community, including some of Venezuela’s neighbours, it would be good if their policies helped normalise the internal political situation in Venezuela. In turn, this would help bring about the Venezuelan people’s hopes for peace and stability, a settlement of their economic problems and the continued development of their country.


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