Venezuelan Opposition Leaders Dragged From Homes as Socialist Paradise Heads Toward Civil War

Posted by on Aug 01, 2017 at 7:09 am
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We’re waiting on the hot takes how socialism has never worked because it’s never been fully implemented. That usually because massive number of people start disappearing and dying before the joys are truly felt.

Dramatic footage has emerged showing two Venezuelan opposition leaders being dragged away from their homes after controversial elections marred by bloodshed.

Antonio Ledezma and Leopoldo Lopez, high profile critics of President Nicolas Maduro, were hauled out of their houses by intelligence services, relatives say.

The arrests came a day after a vote to choose a much-condemned assembly that supersedes parliament.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the ‘illegitimate elections confirm that Maduro is a dictator who disregards the will of the Venezuelan people.’

In one arrest video, Ledezma can be seen being forcibly removed from a building as women scream in the back ground. Another purportedly shows Lopez being bundled into a vehicle.

Lopez and Ledezma were both already under house arrest when they were picked up by the intelligence service.

The two men are Venezuela’s most high profile opposition leaders. Both had called for a boycott of Sunday’s vote for a so-called and all-powerful constituent assembly tasked with rewriting the constitution.

Both of their families said they held President Nicolas Maduro, the driving force behind the vote, responsible for the leaders’ lives.

‘They just took Leopoldo away. We do not know where he is or where they are taking him,’ Lopez’s wife Lilian Tintori said on Twitter.

The children of Ledezma – named Victor, Vanessa and Antonietta – also said on Twitter that the Sebin had taken away their father.

Opposition leaders and local media posted cell phone footage of Ledezma being taken away from his home forcibly.

Opposition lawmaker Freddy Guevara said the arrests were aimed at ‘frightening us and demoralising us.’

Odd how the so-called “resistance” in the United States isn’t supporting an actual resistance in Venezuela, huh?

Both of their families said they held President Nicolas Maduro, the driving force behind the vote, responsible for the leaders’ lives.
‘They just took Leopoldo away. We do not know where he is or where they are taking him,’ Lopez’s wife Lilian Tintori said on Twitter.
The children of Ledezma – named Victor, Vanessa and Antonietta – also said on Twitter that the Sebin had taken away their father.
Opposition leaders and local media posted cell phone footage of Ledezma being taken away from his home forcibly.
Opposition lawmaker Freddy Guevara said the arrests were aimed at ‘frightening us and demoralising us.’

Also curious how the people who claim the 2016 presidential election was “hacked” have no qualms whatsoever about an obvious sham election this past Sunday.

Venezuela’s National Electoral Council said turnout in Sunday’s vote was 41.53 percent, or 8,089,320 people. The result would mean the ruling party won more support than it had in any national election since 2013, despite a cratering economy, spiraling inflation, shortages of medicine and malnutrition.

Opinion polls had said some 85 per cent of Venezuelans disapproved of the constitutional assembly and similar numbers disapproved of Maduro’s overall performance.

Here’s another look:

The silence of the American left is deafening.

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