Not all those photos you’re seeing of burning cities and pitched urban battles are from Kiev. Even as the near-apocalyptic imagery of Ukraine’s violent protests have captured the top of the news, Venezuelan cities have gone from dangerous to “warzone” overnight. Here’s what you need to know.
Gawker’s Adam Weinstein has compiled an extensive breakdown on the increasingly violent demonstrations taking place in Venezuela, where at least five people have died as a result of clashes between protesters and government security forces in the last seven days.
17:18 // 2 weeks ago
The country is “willing to give asylum” to Snowden, Bolivian President Evo Morales said Saturday, according to a government statement, CNN, Reuters and The Guardian reported.
Snowden, who is wanted by the U.S. for leaking classified information about a number of secret surveillance programs, has asked for asylum in more than 20 countries. A number of countries have already rejected the application.
Also on the list of asylum-offering countries is Venezuela and Nicaragua. Bolivia had previously promised not to extradite Snowden if he were to enter its territory. Snowden previously faced rumors that he was on President Evo Morales’ plane, which was headed from Russia to Bolivia, only to be stopped mid-flight.
12:37 // 8 months ago
At a parade celebrating Venezuela’s independence day, President Nicolas Maduro announced today that he will grant Snowden political asylum in his country so that “he can come and live away from the imperial North American persecution.” Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s offer was more conditional; he said that Snowden would be granted asylum “if circumstances allow it.” Venezuela’s offer is the first “yes” Snowden has received in his numerous requests for political asylum; however, he still doesn’t have a passport, and so leaving the Russian airport in which he’s (believed to be) holed up may still prove difficult.
20:47 // 8 months ago
The late leader Hugo Chavez swayed Jesus to inspire the College of Cardinals to elect Catholics’ first South American pope, Venezuela’s interim president said.
"We know that our commander ascended to those heights and is face to face with Christ. Something must have influenced [Jesus] to call for a South American pope,"Nicolas Maduro said on national television at the opening of an international book fair in Caracas, Venezuela’s capital.
"Some new hand arrived and Christ said, ‘Now is the opportunity for South America,’ it seems to us," Maduro said
Presented without comment, mostly because we couldn’t stop laughing.
16:21 // 12 months ago
This is unconstitutional in Venezeula, actually — it’s mandated that a special election be held within 30 days of the former leader’s death. Chavez’s former political opposition, now focusing their efforts against Vice President Nicolas Maduro, have condemned his swearing-in as acting President on Friday. Said likely rival candidate Henrique Capriles: “I tell you clearly, Nicolas, I am not going to speak of the times you lied to the country, shamelessly. The people have not voted for you, boy.”
17:53 // 1 year ago