Sunday, July 9, 2017

From BBC News, datelined July 9th: “Venezuela: [President Nicolás] Maduro praises opposition leader Lopez’s prison release”.

Remember when a former Lake Worth commissioner celebrated the Socialist Party takeover in Venezuela?

Well, anyhow, here’s the latest news from Venezuela:

Mr Lopez [opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez] has been moved to house arrest after more than three years in jail. He left a prison near Caracas and was reunited with his family on Saturday.
     Mr Lopez was serving a 14-year sentence for inciting violence during anti-government protests in 2014, a charge he has always denied. The Supreme Court said he was released on health grounds.

and. . .

     Giving a glimpse of his son’s life behind bars, Mr Lopez’s father told Spanish radio “a few days ago they had punished him with solitary confinement without light or water for three days”.

Read more here:

Go Democracy! It’s good when it works!
—Quote: Former City Commissioner Chris McVoy, PhD, at a City Commission meeting excited about the United Socialist Party takeover in Venezuela.

“A sepulchral chill of sadness and pain blew in when we learned the news of Fidel’s departure,” added Maduro, as Socialist Party officials, the Cuban ambassador, and supporters wiped away tears, waved flags, and sang traditional Cuban songs including “Guantanamera.”
—Excerpt from Reuters. President Maduro is leader of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela.

Then-commissioner and now Mr. McVoy wearing his Venezuelan baseball cap.
For some, the United Socialist Party takeover of Venezuela was a reason for celebration in the City of Lake Worth.

“Happy New Year! Some folks in the room may be aware. . . [a pause as McVoy dons Venezuelan baseball cap] that’s my Venezuelan cap! Today was a very significant part of democracy in the world. The major elections that happened in early December [2015] in Venezuela that drastically changed the course of what the country’s been doing for the last stretch. They were inaugurated in the national assembly today.
     I was able to watch some of that. And it went very peacefully despite some very strong differences of views and opinions and changing of the guard.
     So, ummm, Go Democracy! It's good when it works!"

“Go Democracy!”? Makes you wonder doesn’t it?

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