International Press Missing The Real Story in Venezuela

Pic: Durdaneta (CC)

Pic: Durdaneta (CC)

Francisco Toro writes that the international press is missing the big picture when it comes to covering unrest in Venezuela. Toro and his colleagues at the Caracas Chronicles say that the pictures we’re getting aren’t random scenes of unrest, but are instead evidence of a highly organized government crackdown.

Dear International Editor:

Listen and understand. The game changed in Venezuela last night. What had been a slow-motion unravelling that had stretched out over many years went kinetic all of a sudden.

What we have this morning is no longer the Venezuela story you thought you understood.

Throughout last night, panicked people told their stories of state-sponsored paramilitaries on motorcycles roaming middle class neighborhoods, shooting at people and  storming into apartment buildings, shooting at anyone who seemed like he might be protesting.

People continue to be arrested merely for protesting, and a long established local Human Rights NGO makes an urgent plea for an investigation into widespread reports of torture of detainees. There are now dozens of serious human right abuses: National Guardsmen shooting tear gas canisters directly into residential buildings. We have videos of soldiers shooting civilians on the street.

And that’s just what came out in real time, over Twitter and YouTube, before any real investigation is carried out. Online media is next, a city of 645,000 inhabitants has been taken off the internet amid mounting repression, and this blog itself has been the object of a Facebook “block” campaign.

What we saw were not “street clashes”, what we saw is a state-hatched offensive to suppress and terrorize its opponents.

Read the full story. Click here.

Hat tip: Leo R.

16 Comments on "International Press Missing The Real Story in Venezuela"

  1. Thurlow Weed | Feb 23, 2014 at 8:16 pm |

    The last time the US government attempted to assassinate the popular leader of Venezuela and install a regime to its liking bad things happened, too. Does Mr. Toro hope to usher into power the pro-Washington coalition of local oligarchs and bankers who have aligned themselves with a very vocal fraction of the population? What does he want readers to do?

  2. Does anyone not jump to the conclusion that this is the same wing of the
    military that supported the coup against Chavez in ’02? If the leftist
    head of state was behind all the bloodshed, the cable news channels
    would be all over this story.

    Watch for White House Press Secretary Jay Carney to hail it as a triumph
    for democracy when Maduro has been replaced by some Generalissimo.

  3. astrofrog | Feb 23, 2014 at 8:53 pm |

    Oh sure. A blog posting pro-Capriles stories, with a clear counter-revolutionary bias. Yes, this sounds completely credible, especially in light of the “opposition” getting caught red-handed pulling photos from any old atrocity from around the world and claiming they happened in Venezuela … or photos of Chavistas getting the crap kicked out of them by fascist protesters, and claiming them to be photos of the opposition getting beaten up by the Chavistas. And as others on this thread have noted, this all sounds suspiciously similar to 2002.

  4. misinformation | Feb 23, 2014 at 9:27 pm |

    “Long established local Human Rights NGOs make an urgent plea for investigation…” aka, the CIA says…

    “What you should know about the Ukraine-style anti-government protests in Venezuela”:

  5. Tchoutoye | Feb 23, 2014 at 11:17 pm |

    A lot of photos posted online are being passed off as images of police oppression in Venezuela. But in reality they are images from Brazil, Spain and Chile.

  6. Hadrian999 | Feb 24, 2014 at 12:24 am |

    what ever happened to Venezuela being the darling of the left

  7. BuzzCoastin | Feb 24, 2014 at 12:25 am |

    the international press isn’t missing the real story
    their suppressing the real story

    it’s not that uncle homeland is clever
    he just knows his money will do the trick
    money to buy his way
    money to shut the eyes & mouths of the free press

  8. Ron Chandler | Feb 24, 2014 at 8:52 am |

    Jeeezuz! You Yanks are as thick as two planks!
    This Toro is a shill! Most of the folks demoing in Venezuela are supporting the Maduro government that just roundly won ALL the municpal elections – AND the national elections, in a clean campaign – apart from the crypto-Zionist Capriles, whose covert neo-liberal agenda even freaked out his own right-wing coalition!
    And now this clown says, in a heart-beat, that’s all changed! Liar!
    The people are with Maduro, the Yanquis are backing elites with money. Nthing ever changes!!
    Why does the Union breed so many SUCKING LIARS working for the evil rich! Your cred is ZERO!

    • misinformation | Feb 24, 2014 at 11:34 pm |

      When you say “Yanks” (plural), who exactly are you talking about? I don’t know where all the commenters are from but I’ guessing most are from the USA. Almost every comment that followed the article and most of them preceded yours, called out the article as BS and several even did it with some detail so…?

  9. Ghostlore | Feb 24, 2014 at 9:25 am |

    This has been a CIA game from the get-go. On this planet, you simply do not socialize your oil or change your dollar reserve currency if you wish to remain a sovereign nation.
    People are dying because U.S. foreign policy is one of economic hegemony, nothing more. Corporations and bankers control the American government, not the people.

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