Venezuelans have every reason to doubt the events surrounding the mysterious “assassination” attempt against President Nicolás Maduro in Caracas on Aug. 4. The regime distorts reality every day, even refusing to recognize and address the economic and social collapse it has created.
But whether you believe the official version or not, there’s no question that it has served as a heaven-sent excuse to further crack down on civil liberties and the opposition.
A mere three days after the alleged attack, Juan Requesens, a 29-year-old member of the National Assembly, was dragged out of his home by masked men. At the end of the building security tape, you can see one of the men pointing the camera toward a wall to hide their actions.… Seguir leyendo »
Efraín Ortega, a 42-year-old with a college degree in administration and computer science, was unlawfully detained in Caracas on July 24, 2014. He was tortured and beaten, his body taped with cardboard and newspapers to avoid leaving marks. He was later handcuffed with his arms behind his back and hung until his shoulders gave up. He was finally released on Oct. 6, 2017, after his preliminary hearing was postponed 20 times.
Ortega’s harrowing story is included in report released last week by the Organization of American States, which had appointed a panel of independent international experts to establish whether the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro had committed crimes against humanity while repressing multiple protests from 2014 to 2017.… Seguir leyendo »