Venezuela expels more American diplomats imperialist aggressors, arrests opposition for whipping up anti-government violence

posted at 2:41 pm on February 18, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

By this point, the United States is all too familiar with what the Venezuelan government’s panicked scapegoatism in a devolving crisis looks like — i.e., blame foreign imperialist conspirators and economic terrorists in league with greedy domestic opposition politicians trying to undermine the rule of Chavismo — so the latest iteration of the socialist country kicking out American diplomats in the face of erupting protests comes as no surprise. Via the NYT:

Venezuela on Monday ordered three American Embassy officials to leave the country, saying they had been recruiting students to take part in violent antigovernment protests, in the latest in a series of expulsions that have marked a low point in relations between the two countries. …

Mr. Maduro announced the expulsions Sunday night, and on Monday the foreign minister, Elías Jaua, said the three officials, who all worked for the embassy’s consular section, had 48 hours to leave the country.

Mr. Jaua said that the officials had been visiting universities under the pretext of granting visas to students. He charged that “at bottom that is a cover to establish contacts with leaders who they recruit for training, for financing and the creation of youth organizations through which violence is promoted in Venezuela.” …

“The allegations that the United States is helping to organize protesters in Venezuela is baseless and false,” a State Department spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, said in a written statement. “Venezuela’s political future is for the Venezuelan people to decide.”

And speaking of those nefarious opposition politicians with which those U.S. diplomats must have obviously been in cahoots, they’re not getting off the hook, either. The police were hunting for one such opposition leader over the weekend, and it appears that he gave himself up this morning for the heinous crime of daring to peacefully speak out against the lawless, tyrannical tactics of Venezuela’s ruling class:

Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez re-emerged Tuesday from days of hiding to make an impassioned speech to thousands of supporters and then surrendered to police, a move that he said will open Venezuelans’ eyes to the increasingly authoritarian bent of their government. …

“We’ve got nothing to hide,” Lopez told a sea of supporters who, like him, were dressed in white to symbolize non-violence. He said it is worth going to jail if it “awakens Venezuela” to the “corrupt” justice and economic “disaster” left by 15 years of socialist rule.

After the short speech, Lopez descended from a statue of 19th century Cuban independence hero Jose Marti and walked a few feet to a police picket, where he turned himself in. …

Lopez was being sought by authorities on an arrest order for allegedly inciting violence that broke out during protests last week in which three people were killed. He faces charges including homicide and vandalism of public property. Maduro accuses Lopez of leading a “fascist” plot to overthrow him.

Maduro can point to all of the trumped-up distractions he wants for as long as he can manage, but none of it is going to fix Venezuela’s broken economic system that’s really fueling the unrest.

It’s become a country that’s unlivable for much of the population. The currency on the black market has fallen to a fourth of what it was worth in a year. Inflation is officially at 56 percent, but it’s actually much higher than that. … They don’t have the money to fix the situation because they don’t sell enough oil. … The fact is that they keep making the same mistakes over and over again, hoping that tried and true economic policies that haven’t worked in Cuba will work in Venezuela. … The middle classes, many of them are dependent on the state for jobs, because oil is the only game in town, oil brings in all the money and all of that is that is controlled by the government. So, you need to be quiet and accept the porridge that you get if you’re a a middle-class person.


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Oh sheesh, what’d we do now…?

Akzed on February 18, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Sean Penn last seen with white south african.

Ben Hur on February 18, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Iran can’t wait to take over Venezuela by force, and then point their nukes right at our shores. This will not end well in any way.

Myron Falwell on February 18, 2014 at 2:44 PM

WHEN the Chavez/Maduro Regime is overthrown, will Obama send in troops to re-instate it?

ConstantineXI on February 18, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Iran can’t wait to take over Venezuela by force, and then point their nukes right at our shores. This will not end well in any way.

Myron Falwell on February 18, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Iran doesn’t have the ability to project force at that distance. Their best bet is the Chavez/Maduro Regime acting as a willing allied proxy for them, and all bets will be off WHEN the people hang Maduro.

They can actively intervene in Syria to save their puppet Assad, but not to the other side of the planet.

ConstantineXI on February 18, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Sean Penn last seen with white south african.

Ben Hur on February 18, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Comment totally unnecessary

ConservativePartyNow on February 18, 2014 at 2:52 PM

” Give me toilet paper or give me death ! “

Lucano on February 18, 2014 at 2:53 PM

The police were hunting for one such opposition leader over the weekend, and it appears that he gave himself up this morning for the heinous crime of daring to peacefully speak out against the lawless, tyrannical tactics of Venezuela’s ruling class:

Dear Liar busy taking notes. Hillary has already had a filmmaker jailed.

rbj on February 18, 2014 at 2:55 PM

When you admit your leftists love this kind of misery?

http://reason.com/archives/2014/02/15/the-left-still-harbors-a-soft-spot-for-c

When will you admit it’s an utter failure?

http://ace.mu.nu/archives/347245.php

jawkneemusic on February 18, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Oh sheesh, what’d we do now…?

Akzed on February 18, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Sheesh, What HAVEN’T we done.

hawkeye54 on February 18, 2014 at 2:56 PM

It looks like the people are ready to revolt. I pray that the next government is better than the last.

SC.Charlie on February 18, 2014 at 2:56 PM

… They don’t have the money to fix the situation because they don’t sell enough oil. …

The irony is, the government can’t get enough oil revenue because the government won’t get the H out of the oil business. Socialism strikes again.

slickwillie2001 on February 18, 2014 at 2:57 PM

More communism!

aquaviva on February 18, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Wanna bet “The Won” will tell the Venezuelan government that he will waive diplomatic immunity for the three accused diplomats, and that if Venezuela wants to charge them with insurrection, that’s just fine with him.

No Truce With Kings on February 18, 2014 at 2:58 PM

What is the status of the gift book from Chavez? Does the President still have it? Is he adding chapters?

Oil Can on February 18, 2014 at 2:59 PM

This is the logical conclusion of where well end up if the left and the democrat party get their way. I find many democrats to be more radical about their leftism than European socialists are. Scary times we live in when 20% of the nation believe Hugo Chavez and Che Guevara are people to emulate.

jawkneemusic on February 18, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Probably,..Democrats Organizing For America,

er,

I mean’t,…Organizing or Venezuela!!
(sarc)

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Chavez is dead, and now they’re going to bury him. Sweet.

Red Cloud on February 18, 2014 at 3:04 PM

The diplomats were expelled for OPPOSING the crypto-Communist government?

Oh man, President Jarrett isn’t gonna be happy with them when they get back to DC…

JEM on February 18, 2014 at 3:06 PM

The end result of socialism, in every country it has ever been tried in. And yet some people want the same kind of system here. Unbelievable

Dr.B on February 18, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Venezuela political protests, February 2014

Caracas, Distrito Federal, VE
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Protesters flood Caracas after Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez arrested – @Reuters
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Witnesses say Venezuelan opposition leader Lopez hands himself over to security forces – @Reuters
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Caracas, Distrito Federal, VE
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About 5,000 protesters initially blocked by police in Caracas, Venezuela, ahead of planned anti-government march – @AP
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Caracas, Distrito Federal, VE
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Supporters of Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro and oil workers rally in Caracas – @Reuters
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http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/venezuela-political-protests-february-2014/

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 3:09 PM

This dipstick is basically a poor man’s Erich Honecker.

Red Cloud on February 18, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Someone call Joe Kennedy.

alanstern on February 18, 2014 at 3:11 PM

I’m getting the feeling that this socialism thing doesn’t work…

ujorge on February 18, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Venezuela on Monday ordered three American Embassy officials to leave the country, saying they had been recruiting students to take part in violent antigovernment protests, in the latest in a series of expulsions that have marked a low point in relations between the two countries. …

Would any diplomats recruited by Barry Oblunder ever be smart enough to recruit protesters?

Steve Z on February 18, 2014 at 3:17 PM

The middle classes, many of them are dependent on the state for jobs, because oil is the only game in town, oil brings in all the money and all of that is that is controlled by the government. So, you need to be quiet and accept the porridge that you get if you’re a middle-class person.

Because Goldilocks has sought greener oil pastures in North Dakota.

Steve Z on February 18, 2014 at 3:18 PM

My uncle had a solution for Socialists. He shot a fair number of them in Vietnam.

Turtle317 on February 18, 2014 at 3:18 PM

And I can’t emphasize this more: there are about 100,000 Venezuelans in FL (which Obama won in 2012 by a 74,000+ margin) and the GOP wants to reach these voters with the old “Hispanics = Amnesty” pitch… given what’s going on in their country right now, I believe that a different kind of message will be more effective… right..?

ujorge on February 18, 2014 at 3:18 PM

By all means, let’s keep all the illegal immigrants from banana republics.

What could go wrong?

BuckeyeSam on February 18, 2014 at 3:19 PM

1. Why do we have diplomatic relations with countries like this?

2. Expelling is the best that can happen to them. They could have been arrested or killed by a video.

crankyoldlady on February 18, 2014 at 3:20 PM

More communism!

aquaviva on February 18, 2014 at 2:57 PM

They almost got it right this time. Unfortunately the ending never changes.

antipc on February 18, 2014 at 3:21 PM

I’m getting the feeling that this socialism thing doesn’t work…

ujorge on February 18, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Socialism does too work. It just hasn’t been done right. sarc

crankyoldlady on February 18, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Socialism does too work. It just hasn’t been done right. sarc

crankyoldlady on February 18, 2014 at 3:22 PM

I agree. It takes a lot of work to lift a 12 ounce beer can while collecting money from the Feds after extorting… er taxing those who DO work.

Turtle317 on February 18, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Would any diplomats recruited by Barry Oblunder ever be smart enough to recruit protesters?

Steve Z on February 18, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Excellent point.

crankyoldlady on February 18, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Would any diplomats recruited by Barry Oblunder ever be smart enough to recruit protesters?

Steve Z on February 18, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Obama is community organizer, no?

307wolverine on February 18, 2014 at 3:30 PM

We need to open our door to Venezuelan refugees – the female ones between the ages of 22 and 35.

Ruckus_Tom on February 18, 2014 at 3:38 PM

I am Venezuelan moved to the USA over 20 years ago…it is shameful the United States news agency are not reporting on what is happening there. Since this past Wednesday, students and other anti-Maduro, pro-Venezuelan individuals have marched and protested 24 hours a day, non-stop.

Yes, Venezuela, what is happening there now, is the culmination of Obama-like policies. Look at Venezuela for the future of the USA, unless we change something.

Cpt. Kirk on February 18, 2014 at 3:46 PM

At least we have a strong informed ambassador going down there to straighten things out…

right2bright on February 18, 2014 at 3:50 PM

…what difference does it make…

right2bright on February 18, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Yes, Venezuela, what is happening there now, is the culmination of Obama-like policies. Look at Venezuela for the future of the USA, unless we change something.

Cpt. Kirk on February 18, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Which is why Uncle Sam has been buying a gazillion rounds of hollow point ammo. They know that what is happening in Venezuela and the Ukraine is inevitable ad they are preparing for it. They want it.

307wolverine on February 18, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Millions are marching in Venezuela against Maduro and the radical Chavizta policies, peaceful protests. The government police and military are doing everything they can to force the protestors to get violent. Reports claim only 4 protesters have been killed, this is not true. The police and the military are shooting at the protestors, beating them up. Countless march with their hands an arms up, praying The Rosary, Hail Marys, The Lords Prayers.

Maduro and his thugs are now paying blue collar workers to march claiming they support him. What the American media, BBC do not tell you is that if these individuals do not march, they are fired from their job and are black listed, never to find a job.

Cpt. Kirk on February 18, 2014 at 3:57 PM

I am Venezuelan moved to the USA over 20 years ago…it is shameful the United States news agency are not reporting on what is happening there. Since this past Wednesday, students and other anti-Maduro, pro-Venezuelan individuals have marched and protested 24 hours a day, non-stop.

Yes, Venezuela, what is happening there now, is the culmination of Obama-like policies. Look at Venezuela for the future of the USA, unless we change something.

Cpt. Kirk on February 18, 2014 at 3:46 PM

People from other countries can see things the way they really are here. Unfortunately it will take a lot for most of our population to see what’s happening here. They either never watch the news or they just don’t care or they think a dictatorship is a good thing.

crankyoldlady on February 18, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Man, I hate to see this. I spent a lot of time down there in the late ’80s, helping set up diagnostic labs, and there are no finer people. Beautiful country, great food/music, gorgeous ladies, and total hospitality. That was before Chavez. I wonder what has happened to all my friends.

butch on February 18, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Man, I hate to see this. I spent a lot of time down there in the late ’80s, helping set up diagnostic labs, and there are no finer people. Beautiful country, great food/music, gorgeous ladies, and total hospitality. That was before Chavez. I wonder what has happened to all my friends.

butch on February 18, 2014 at 3:59 PM

People usually find a way to survive but they have an inalienable right to prosper and Marxism takes that away from them.

crankyoldlady on February 18, 2014 at 4:02 PM

What people here in the USA do not understand is there is no toilet paper, no sugar, no bread, no milk, no meat, no can food, no ceral, no eggs, no soap. When these arrive at a grocery store, people storm it. Fights break out, people have been killed over a gallon of milk because there were 50 of these for thousands of people waiting in line.

Electricity goes off on an hourly basis, same with water.

People need to understand Venezuelans do not have the basics to survive, to eat, to pay bills, to do anything. This is why the protests are happening.

Venezuela, thanks to the Left wing policies, is a third world nation falling into a fourth world nation. It is a nation falling into a dark abyss.

Cpt. Kirk on February 18, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Think about it…people can’t feed their babies, their children. Instead of fixing the problem, Maduro goes on television, much like radical Chavez did, and blames the USA, the opposition.

The government police and military use violence and then Maduro goes on television and claims it is the opposition who killed and murdered.

Cuba also has its hands in Venezuela. Countless of Cuban secret police are all over Venezuela. Cuban troops have trained many poor and recentful Venezuelans to use AK-47s and how to kill.

It isn’t pretty what is happening there. And today, one of the major opposition leaders gave himself up to the Maduro dictatorship. I fear, Venezuelans will never hear from him again.

Things are quickly going from bad to worse.

Cpt. Kirk on February 18, 2014 at 4:13 PM

It isn’t pretty what is happening there. And today, one of the major opposition leaders gave himself up to the Maduro dictatorship. I fear, Venezuelans will never hear from him again.

Things are quickly going from bad to worse.

Cpt. Kirk on February 18, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Maybe he thinks he’s too important for them to kill. It seems to me martyrdom never really works.

Things will have to get much worse here before anything is done. And the longer they wait the harder it will be to get rid of these criminals.

crankyoldlady on February 18, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Should’ve just bribed the Venezuelans with a few cases of toilet paper.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 18, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Clearly a lack of sufficient taxation and regulation is to blame for this mess.

If only they’d have followed Dear Leader’s lead more closely, they’d be awash in money, energy, consumer goods and unicorns!

orangemtl on February 18, 2014 at 4:40 PM

We need to open our door to Venezuelan refugees – the female ones between the ages of 22 and 35.

Ruckus_Tom on February 18, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Lower the age to 12 and you’re sure to get CAIR’s endorsement. Prospects for conversion and marriage. Slam dunk.

/SNARK

hawkeye54 on February 18, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Would any diplomats recruited by Barry Oblunder ever be smart enough to recruit protesters?

Steve Z on February 18, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Excellent point.

crankyoldlady on February 18, 2014 at 3:29 PM

I suspect that those “diplomats” really don’t work for the State Department, but another agency.

Special Forces Grunt on February 18, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Wait a sec, where have I heard this before? Socialism not working, so the leader goes on tv and blames the conservatives in every speech and has a bunch of youth “organizers” on the payroll to get out the “real” message to the sheeple after expanding the debt wildly and trying to control all oil production and transport from a central office in the capital? Gosh, that seems so familiar somehow.

cosifantutte on February 18, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Prepare for another congressional run from Joe Kennedy. His gravy train may be running on empty.

cosifantutte on February 18, 2014 at 5:37 PM

George W. Bush, God love him, made a number of serious mistakes as President. To me, the very worst unforced error was in December 2002.

With war looming in Iraq, he didn’t want instability in our own hemisphere, so when Venezuelan generals arrested Hugo Chavez and took over from his Marxist government, Bush sent them a message that we would look unfavorably upon them if he were killed.

They didn’t shoot him, his mobs took to the streets and restored him to power. The generals are all dead now.

All Bush had to do was keep his mouth shut, and Venezuela would be freer and prosperous today.

Adjoran on February 18, 2014 at 5:45 PM

So what happens when Maduro kicks everyone out of the country? Who does he blame then?

GarandFan on February 18, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Socialism works wonderfully…it’s HUMAN BEINGS that are the problem.

And, naturally, most true socialists know what to do about that…fewer human beings, fewer problems.

philosoph0123 on February 18, 2014 at 6:54 PM

The Toilet Paper Revolution ……………

SC.Charlie on February 18, 2014 at 7:49 PM