Consular officers expelled from Venezuela; U.S. response tepid

Venezuela news video

Snip: YouTube video ‘What’s Going on in Venezuela’ (Video by Andreina Nash)

As protesters march for reform in Venezuela, President  Barack Obama’s administration has been less than interested in a country ranking among the top suppliers of oil to the U.S. Overall, the State Dept. has issued a tepid statement informing Americans that three of our consular officers are being expelled from the country, having been given 48 hours notice to leave on Feb. 17.

Sec. of State John Kerry has stumped globally on the topic of climate change driven by manmade global warming, and that has led media narratives for days.

Venezuela didn’t make the top headlines on the State Dept. website—those covered Ukraine, Tunisia, and Indonesia. No major travel alert for Venezuela has been issued, although the United Kingdom has posted a warning:

“Political demonstrations have been occurring in several cities, including Caracas, Merida, Valencia and Maracay. Some of these have been violent, including the use of firearms, and there have been casualties and deaths. Further protests are expected.”

One of the few voices in the U.S. supporting the protesters in Venezuela is Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.); he has issued statements and posted on Twitter [@marcorubio].

Amnesty International, a left of center organization, said, “The charges brought against Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López smack of a politically motivated attempt to silence dissent in the country.”

On Wednesday afternoon, a Tweet from ‏@statesperson indicated government authorities aren’t just stifling domestic media:

CNN Venezuela Crew Cameras Stolen At Gunpoint As National Guard Troops Stand By And Watch

Shortages of bread and car batteries are standard in the country rich in natural resources. Inflation ran at 27 percent last year. Crime is rampant, and critics say murder cases are often not investigated. Oil production has yet to reach levels it was at in 1999 when Hugo Chavez took over, pledging his policy of “21st Century Socialism.” Oil workers have predictably and by necessity aligned with the current regime.

A petition is posted on the White House website, with supporters asking the U.S. to intervene. In the absence of interest from the Obama administration and much of U.S. progressive-dominated media, however, only 10,402 signatures are on the petition at present.

Those interested can keep up with updates on Twitter by following posts labeled: #Venezuela.

Latin American  TV network NTN24 reported the death of a student and model on Tuesday:

“Twenty-two-year-old Genesis Carmona, who was the 2013 ‘Miss Tourism’ in the Venezuelan state of Carabobo, was participating in an anti-government protest in the city of Valencia Tuesday when she was struck by a bullet fired by an unknown gunman.”

Most U.S. media, like the president, have focused coverage on the violence in Ukraine.

(Filed by Kay B. Day/Feb. 19, 2014)

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About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.
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