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Pablo Iglesias y la Ley Mordaza

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Se presentó como una alternativa a la vieja política española, pero resultó estar financiado por los petrodólares del caudillo venezolano Hugo Chávez. Se trata de Pablo Iglesias, quien durante años vendió al régimen chavista los servicios de su fundación para poder solventar sus aspiraciones personales, publica Infobae.

Ahora, Iglesias volvió a mostrarse a favor de unos de los pilares de Chávez: el control de los medios de comunicación. Y lo hizo al defender la ley mordaza que impuso Rafael Correa en Ecuador. “Los medios de comunicación, por lo menos una parte, tienen que tener mecanismos de control público”, afirmó Iglesias.
“¿Por qué no va a existir una regulación que garantice la libertad de prensa en el mejor sentido del término, sin condicionantes de empresas privadas o de la voluntad de partidos políticos? La sociedad civil tiene que verse reflejada con independencia y veracidad en los medios de comunicación”, argumenta débilmente el eurodiputado en una entrevista reproducida por el diario español El País. La tesis de Iglesias es la misma que utilizaron los principales gobiernos populistas de América Latina, desde Venezuela a laArgentina, para someter a la prensa libre e independiente
Sin embargo, el joven político aliado de Chávez no especifica cómo sería ese control. “La gestión de la información no puede depender únicamente de hombres de negocios y su voluntad por permitir la libertad de expresión”, añade, sin reconocer que fueron los medios tradicionales quienes lo hicieron conocido para la opinión pública española.

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Acerca del nuevo partido politico “democratico” Podemos

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Se mostraron como “la nueva política española”. Se presentaron como “los indignados” que buscaban algo nuevo para su país. Se hicieron visibles por su presunta “transparencia”. Sin embargo, los líderes del partido político Podemos adoptaron todos los vicios que decían aborrecer. Y para peor, los niegan.

Este grupo político -autoproclamado independiente de los poderes hegemónicos- recibió una suma millonaria por parte de los sucesivos gobiernos de Hugo Chávez y Nicolás Maduro para financiar su think tank y presentarse finalmente como “la revelación” de las últimas elecciones parlamentarias europeas.

El monto asciende a 5 millones de dólares, lo suficiente como para instalar a un grupo ante la sociedad y financiar una campaña política basada en una supuesta austeridad.

El vínculo entre el chavismo y el Centro de Estudios Políticos y Sociales (CEPS) -la fundación de Podemos- iniciaron sus relaciones en 2002, cuando aún el ex caudillo bolivariano vivía y controlaba Venezuela a su antojo. Desde ese año, el flujo de dinero fue acrecentándose hasta sumar la cifra total. Los datos fueron comprobados mediante las cuentas depositadas en el registro de fundaciones del Ministerio de Cultura.
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Protest in Venezuela still far from a democratic regime

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Venezuelan security forces arrested scores of people on Wednesday during a sweep of a busy Caracas avenue as protests against the government heat up amid a widening split within the opposition over whether to back possible U.S. sanctions.

The protest and police response comes as month-old negotiations aimed at easing tensions hang in the balance. The opposition on Tuesday froze talks with President Nicolas Maduro’s government, saying the climate for dialogue was impossible after the arrest last week of more than 200 student protesters who had been camping for weeks outside the offices of the United Nations and three plazas in the capital.

Many political observers believe that by halting the talks opposition leaders were caving to pressure from their own radical base, which is fuming over confusing statements by the top U.S. diplomat to Latin America.
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As another day in Venezuela goes by

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THICK clouds of teargas hung in the air over the north gate of the Central University (UCV) in Caracas on March 12th. A police helicopter clattered overhead; on campus, plain-clothes gunmen on motorcycles, some bearing the initials of the national guard, harassed student demonstrators.

A month after the government crack-down on protesters began, Venezuela’s crisis is deepening. This was the bloodiest single day since three people were killed in Caracas on March 12th. Eighteen injuries were reported at the UCV, after a previously peaceful student march to demand the resignation of the Venezuelan government ombudsman was halted on the orders of President Nicolás Maduro.
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List of fatalities as protests go in Venezuela

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This list has been compiled using reports from Venezuelan authorities and media. It includes all deaths which have been reportedly connected with the protests, riots, and street barricades. However it does not include several cases which have been included on other lists, due to the possibility that these deaths were not related to the political violence but were in fact the result of other criminal violence. It also differs slightly from the count held by Venezuelan authorities, which does not appear to include the two cases mentioned below of deaths caused by barricades delaying patients in a critical condition from reaching hospital.

It is important to highlight that both this and all other counts are made using the available information and the judgment of the authors. New information produced as investigations proceed may change which cases count as being connected to the political violence, and who the perpetrator of each murder is considered to be. Observers are welcome to send in information to VA.com on cases that may have been missed, or information that suggests that cases which have been excluded from the current list should be included.

The list is as follows:

1,2 & 3: On 12 February, an opposition activist, José Roberto Redman (21), a pro-opposition carpenter, Bassil DaCosta (23), and a Chavista social activist, Juan Montoya (40) were killed during clashes in Caracas.
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About political situation in Venezuela today

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A lot of people argue that these protests are too early. That the barrios are not participating. That the people still support the Government widely and many other such arguments. While there is evidence to counteract each of these claims, I think they try to oversimplify the problem. In the end, the “barrios” are not where the opposition is weak, it is in the very rural states, where the people have a very high dependence on the Government. These are the true Chavista strongholds, where the media is fully dominated by the Government and the opposition gets less than 40% of the vote in any given election. In the barrios of the big cities, the 2013 Presidential elections tended to be closer, with the opposition scoring wins in many.
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