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Here’s What You Need to Know About a Crisis the Media Are Accused of Ignoring
Becket Adams
February 20, 2014

Venezuela is on fire.

Civil unrest brought on by the dictator Nicolás Maduro’s treatment of his people has rocked the country.

Hundreds of protesters have been injured and at least 3 have even been killed by government forces, the Associated Press reports. However, information coming out of the nation is scarce.

Images that have leaked out of the country are eerily similar to what we are seeing unfold right now in Kiev, Ukraine.

However, as noted by Venezuelan journalist Francisco Toro, there’s one major difference between Venezuela and Ukraine: The media seemingly aren’t interested in covering the former.

For some, the silence surrounding Maduro’s brutal suppression of his own people is a little startling.

“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,” Toro wrote in the Caracas Chronicles.

“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,” he added.

More at link.
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