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Venezuela: The International Media Is Asleep

Maria Huston, February 25, 2014

The International media is asleep. The sad situation in Venezuela has been virtually ignored by the international press. Thank God for social media and the young people in the U.S. and in many other countries who do care and are trying to get the word out to the world.

The limit of disengagement on display is deeply shocking. Venezuela's domestic media blackout has been joined by an international blackout, one born not of censorship but of disinterest and inertia. It is hard to explain the sense of helplessness you get looking through pages and finding nothing. Venezuela burns, and nobody cares.
 
State-sponsored paramilitaries are reaming neighborhoods, shooting at people and storming into apartment buildings. People are being arrested merely for protesting. A local human rights NGO is making an urgent plea for investigation. There are now dozen of serious human rights abuses, such as National Guardsmen shooting tear gas canisters directly into residential buildings. We have videos of soldiers shooting civilians in the streets.
 
Maria Huston
Doral, FL

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