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32974Venezuelan Opposition Militants in Fresh Attack on Universities, Public Property

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  • Cort Greene
    May 6, 2014
      As the violence continues, and the capitalists gather the favors and the money of the people..

      According to a Datanalisis ( sometimes  used by the government) a survey published in El Universal( a right wing opposition newspaper) on Monday, 59.2 percent of respondents disapprove of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro  performance, up from 44.6 percent in November. The poll sited that Venezuelans placed the economy as their top concern, beating out insecurity and crime for the first time.


      Venezuelan Opposition Militants in Fresh Attack on Universities, Public Property

      May 6th 2014, by Ewan Robertson

      Opposition militants in San Cristobal, Tachira yesterday (UN/courtesy)

      Opposition militants in San Cristobal, Tachira yesterday (UN/courtesy)

      Desks destroyed by opposition activists opposed to the return of classes (courtesy)

      Desks destroyed by opposition activists opposed to the return of classes (courtesy)

      The Fermín Toro University in Lara state came under attack. Vehicles were set alight, with the fire spreading to the library an

      The Fermín Toro University in Lara state came under attack. Vehicles were set alight, with the fire spreading to the library and some university offices (UN/courtesy)

      Molotov cocktails were thrown directly at the driver of a Caracas metrobus (@haimantroudi)

      Molotov cocktails were thrown directly at the driver of a Caracas metrobus (@haimantroudi)

      Mérida, 6th May 2014 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – A wave of small opposition protests and violent actions took place in five regional states yesterday, resulting in damages to universities and public property.

      The toll left by the day included damages to two universities and the burning of several vehicles, among them a state oil company truck, a National Guard van, and a publically owned bus.

      The actions, apparently led by pro-opposition youth groups, appear designed to prevent universities from returning to class, and to maintain a climate of protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

      A wave of opposition protests, riots and street barricades were unleashed in early February after hard-line opposition leaders called for resistance to the Maduro government in a strategy called “The Exit”.

      While the mainly middle-class protests exhibited grievances over economic problems and high crime, many protest leaders and street barricaders called for the president’s resignation and a political “transition”.

      41 have been killed and almost 800 wounded in the unrest, with opposition activists, government supporters, other civilians and National Guard officers among the fatalities. However protests had ebbed by late March, and in April street barricades were removed from the areas affected.

      By mid April the moderate wing of the opposition, including leaders of the Democratic Unity Table (MUD) coalition, had agreed to join dialogue sessions with the government, reaching agreements in several areas.

      However yesterday’s events highlight that a minority hard-line sector of the opposition remains active on the streets and rejects the dialogue talks.

      In the city of San Cristobal in Táchira state, where unrest began, groups of masked activists grabbed desks and chairs from classrooms of the Catholic University of Tachira, and destroyed them on the street. They reportedly opposed the university rector who had called for a return to classes.

      The groups also tried to re-block roads with burning trash, torched a state oil company truck, and tried to close upon the residence of the local pro-government state governor, but were stopped by police.

      In the wealthy east side of the capital Caracas, similar groups also tried to re-block roads with burning trash. Further, they torched and burned a National Guard truck and a publically-owned bus. The driver of the bus received “severe burns” according to the transport minister.

      Meanwhile, the Fermín Toro University in Lara state came under attack. Vehicles were set alight, with the fire spreading to burn the library and some university offices.

      Accusations have been traded over the latter incident, with authorities blaming opposition militants, and some opposition media claiming government supporters were responsible. The matter is under investigation.

      Both opposition activists and members of security forces were reported wounded in the clashes, with tear gas and pellets used by National Guard officers during a clash in the city of Maracaibo.

      In response to the day’s events, one pro-government legislator, Tania Diaz, accused the opposition of not doing enough to prevent violence from within their own ranks.

      “Double discourse: they [the opposition] sit down to dialogue talks for peace, but they don’t lift a finger to stop violence,” Diaz tweeted.

      Opposition politicians meanwhile attacked government policies and performance as responsible for the situation. Tomás Guanipa, the national secretary of the conservative Justice First party, argued in an interview that government policies “aren’t working” and accused authorities of “persecuting protesters”.

      Journalist and founder of the TeleSUR channel, Aram Aharonian, wrote of the situation that the dialogue talks “have not meant the automatic ceasing of violence”.

      “The violent actions in recent weeks point towards [and effort to] avoid the normalisation of political life,” he continued.

      Hard-line opposition leaders such as Maria Corina Machado continue to call for street actions against the government.

      Source URL (retrieved on 06/05/2014 - 4:59pm): http://venezuelanalysis.com/news/10664

      For Spanish go to the url.

      With severe burns resulted Metrobus operator attacked with molotov cocktails (+ photos)

      06 May 2014 | 

      A unit of the fleet of Metrobus operating in the sector, Dos Caminos, Route 111, was attacked Monday night with Molotov cocktails by violent groups linked to the Venezuelan right wing.  The attack wounded the vehicle operator,  who with terrible burns he got out alive from this terrorist act.

      The information was announced by the Minister for Land Transport, Haiman El Troudi , through his Twitter account, @ HaimanVZLA.

      "Last night a Metrobus was attacked with Molotov cocktails in the Two Ways, the operator suffered severe burns,"  he wrote in a first message to the senior official, who also said that the explosives were thrown directly into the driver's seat.

      He also stressed that  although the attack almost total loss left the unit, it was already recovered and put back into operation to continue to provide the service to the Venezuelan people, without distinction.

      No injuries user 

      The incident occurred at approximately 10:45 pm, so  the Troudi noted that at that time, not having large numbers of people using the system was run with the luck that no user was attacked by these hordes.

      "At the time of the attack (10.45pm) he traveled few users in the unit, fortunately none injured," he wrote.

      Finally, the owner of Land Transport said  this burned unit, now totaling 100 Metrobuses damaged by terrorism in Caracas , by their actions that seek to destabilize the country.

      See here Posts by @ HaimanVZLA, which accompanied with photographs  of the conditions in which transport was the uniform operator and the  serious condition of the same, as had to be confined in a health center  by a large scorch part of your body.



      Camp? Peaceful? Violent burn vehicle of GNB in ​​Altamira (+ photos)

      06 May 2014 | 

      Violent groups torched a vehicle Monday of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) in Altamira, Chacao municipality  of Miranda state, when trying to place a guarimba in place,  said Vladimir Padrino López,  head of the Strategic Operational Command of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces ( CEOFANB).

      Through his Twitter account,  @ vladimirpadrino, said the burning vehicle, "he was at the Francisco de Miranda avenue de Chacao".

      He said Monday the extreme right groups also  "torched vehicles in the vicinity of the University Fermín Toro, in Barquisimeto, Lara state."

      The state security forces have controlled the violent outbreaks that occur in some cities where mayors govern opposition, successfully reducing its performance to isolated incidents, as occurred Monday.

      Meanwhile, the head of Regional Command No. 5 (Core 5),  Manuel Quevedo said that these are isolated and vandalism carried out by dying groups are wandering without direction , trying to make selective attacks.

      He also said that  the strength of the GNB who were in Altamira, were attacked from behind , as is typical among guarimberos.

      "The boys were returning from an activity when this group of terrorists fell them with stones, Molotov bombs and rockets, putting the lives of our soldiers in danger,"  he said.

      Quevedo said  the investigation has already begun to give the identity of the attackers. said, once we get the corresponding elements, "such offenders go to jail."

      Finally,  it is curious that the incident occurred in the same place where the camp promoted and financed by the Nazi movement Javu is , and as outlined private media right is  undermined by young "peaceful", alleged activists peace, respect and tolerance towards their Venezuelan brothers.

      This demonstrates the falsity of the proposed residents fight for weeks in tents in front of the UN headquarters , in order to request foreign military intervention against Venezuela and, by international agencies.

      Statements Manuel Quevedo, Head of Regional Command # 5