Venezuelan Opposition Threatens To Lynch American Journalist Abby Martin

The right-wing opposition of Venezuela has been caught endorsing and committing violent acts multiple times, despite claiming to be “peaceful.” Their latest targets include two U.S. journalists who have been threatened with lynching for their reporting on the ongoing chaos in Venezuela.
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    Journalist Abby Martin interviews Venezuelan opposition protesters. (Photo: Facebook)

    Journalist Abby Martin interviews Venezuelan opposition protesters. (Photo: Facebook)

    CHILE — The U.S.-backed right-wing opposition in Venezuela is consistently described as “peaceful,” protesting non-violently against the leftist regime of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, who mainstream media throughout the Americas and the world consider an autocrat, or dictator who is hell-bent on accumulating more power.

    However, the Venezuelan opposition has proven themselves to be anything but peaceful, especially in recent weeks. Late last month, a mob of around 40 opposition protesters were caught on video beating 21-year-old Orlando José Figuera, then dousing him with gasoline and lighting him on fire after he was accused of being a “Chavista infiltrator.”

    While the young man suffered first- and second-degree burns on more than half of his body and survived more than six knife wounds to the stomach, the U.S. and its allies in Latin America have remained silent.



    Now, two independent U.S. journalists have been threatened with a similar fate after traveling to Venezuela to report on the protests: Abby Martin and Mike Prysner of the Telesur-affiliated Empire Files, a documentary and interview video series. Although the Empire Files is hosted on Telesur, the program is independently produced by Prysner and Martin.

    The pair has traveled through Venezuela’s capital, talking to eyewitnesses. Martin wears protective gear, including a helmet as a measure against the violence that has rocked the city in recent years.

    The trouble began when influential members of the opposition, including José Carrasquero, accused the pair of infiltrating protests to gather intelligence for the Venezuelan government. Soon similar accusations spread throughout the opposition’s leadership, leading opposition sympathizers to call for violence.

    Journalists who work for elite-owned media and are sympathetic to the opposition, such as Manuel Malaver, also repeated baseless accusations against Martin and Prysner.

    Twitter users who identified themselves as members of the Venezuelan opposition – namely @nyoli05 and @mrsmalkovich – called for the pair to be burned alive. More calls to violence soon followed, with others calling for Martin and Prysner to be lynched.

    Martin and Prysner have received support from Telesur, as well as Venezuelan Minister of Information and Communication Ernesto Villegas. Telesur promised to investigate the threats made against the pair.

    Venezuelan journalists have been targeted as well, including Elizabeth Ostos of El Pitazo, who was attacked by protesters on the Francisco Fajardo highway in Caracas while reporting.

    The allegedly peaceful Venezuelan opposition has been a major recipient of U.S. aid. After former Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez was elected in 1998, the U.S. gave between $50 to $60 million to the nation’s right-wing opposition. Such donations have grown in recent years, with former President Barack Obama sending $5 million to the Venezuelan opposition in 2014 to “support political competition-building efforts.” A Senate bill recently introduced by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) would give the opposition an additional $20 million if passed.

    As Roberto Lovato, a journalist who covers the drug war and social movements in Latin America, told Vice News: “There’s absolutely some organic movement against the government. […] But if you don’t factor in the millions of dollars that’s been spent on destabilizing the government and prop up opposition leaders, it’s not the whole story.”

    However, if the Venezuelan opposition continues to call for the deaths of journalists and continues to employ violent tactics, the narrative may become harder to control, despite their – and their benefactors – best efforts

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    • Alfie

      In the interests of fairness, why don’t you also write about violence from the pro-government side as well?

    • cywatt

      Well this shows the real nature of the demonstrators who claim they are acting in the name of democracy and belies all the mainstream reports of the brutality of the venezuelan government ‘oppressing’ citizens. This shows
      who is really striving for oppression of the truth.

      Maduro is in a hard place, and however he responds to the rightist violence, he is going to get bad press and reactions like Wherreis (see below).

    • Youri

      Can’t wait to see the documentary report Abby will have for us. big prayers she and Mike and their crew get out in on piece. Love Empire Files and her previous program Breaking the Set. I’m always eager and impatient for the next one to come out.

    • John Adams

      Abby Martin is the most honest and fearless reporter going right now. We should all lend her our support as she once again rattles alot of cages by…

      SPILLING THE TRUTH

    • Earthlife

      Your basic, right wing, thugs at work here. Anyone who can think and read, knows the opposition is a paid gang of thugs and goons. The opposition, TV or media are nothing but liars and mouth pieces for their rich – cartels of men who suck American tax payer money.

      The Venezuelan government should move in now, end it, take no prisoners – that includes the mouth pieces or they will end up like the Ukraine or Chili under Pinochet

    • Mikronos

      The ‘revolution’ isn’t above breaking some eggs. That’s history. Martyrs make a wonderful opportunity to enhance the florist market – and showy photo-ops. Done right, there can be a ‘national pantheon’ with a Martyr’s Day Parade and a speech by ‘el caudillo’. But you need a real caudillo – like Chavez – not some llsping fatso who represents an American bank or a bulemic graduate of that ‘freedumb sniper school’ in Carolina.

    • Egore Radowski

      US trying to bring democracy and equality to yet another country. NOT. US is trying to destabilize the country ad reinstall a puppet regime so it can steel its natural resources. I am surprised that Venezuelans don’t see this and don’t work with the government to destroy the US/CIA instigators.

      Well done Abbe Martin. There are only few real journalists in the US. The rest are corporate and government puppets who just regurgitate the government and deep state narratives. Sadly, most Americans are too stupid to recognize this.

    • elarrecostao

      I support what Dion Gibbs says.

      • Villainess

        Yet another that dreams of extreme inequality!

    • Dion Gibbs

      The opposition not very good Fascists, when most Hitlerites, National Socialists Worldwide support the Bolivarian left Nationalist Revolution. These far right Neo Con pro Ziorat scum, need to be told straight whoever leaves their home with a face mask will be arrested, anyone who promotes propaganda we will shut down their media outlets and revoke licenses. Chavez only mistake was allowing such free media that calls for murder of its leader, when no other nation would have allowed that level of freedom for the media.

    • TeeJae

      Nothing new here. This is how they do it.

      Prayers to Martin and Prysner for their safe return home. Your courage and conviction for getting to the truth is greatly appreciated.

    • James Wherry

      Maduro has high jacked the Congress with the Judgacracy and has called for the formation of violent, non-government-regulated militias to wreck havoc and murder on non-violent protesters. Wake me, when the Venezuelan government gets serious about following the law.

      • TeeJae

        Just keep spewing that false propaganda. Maybe some idiot will believe it.

      • Steven Lance Fornal

        You’ve got that exactly backwards. Shillin’ for the rightwing!

        • James Wherry

          Actually, I’m not “shilling” for anyone. Maduro was in danger of losing the legislature, so he moved power to the judiciary. He most definitely IS demanding that extra-judicial, extra-governmental, extra-legal militias be formed to meet out violence against protesters.

          • Steven Lance Fornal

            Then Maduro has learned well the ways of power. The US President just praised Philippines’ President Duterte for exactly that behavior. The US has a long, long history of supporting/creating tyrants in South America.

            John F. Kennedy’s “Alliance For Progress” — promising growth and prosperity in return for democracy — gave birth to 17 more dictatorships than existed prior.

            No, this is another blatant example of US interference in order to destroy the “bad example” of successful people-based revolution. Lest we forget that South America has the a very lopsided landownership ratio with latifundistas accounting for 70 percent of the usable land. As soon as a “leftist” government decides to redistribute land to indigenous peasants, the US has a shit-fit!

      • 984954

        You’re a complete a-hole popping up all over to fight FOR injustice against the innocent, whether Palestinians, or camposinos, an all around turd bucket. Sad that you hate people so. From EI to Mint Press you lie and fight on the wrong side always it seems. .

        • James Wherry

          El? Never heard of it.

          No, I’d like democracy to flourish. Bolivarian socialism is a failure. It exists only on fear, intimidation, stealing money from the prosperous and confiscating and nationalizing foreign businesses.

          As Maggie Thatcher said, “Socialism is fun, until you run out of Other People’s Money.”

        • tapatio

          James Wherry describes himself as a “Christian” Zionist. He is a pederast who bought a Filipino boy and brought him back to “marry”. Wherry is a US Army major who works for “Civil Affairs” of Phoenix Program infamy and has bragged about training the state terrorists of Uganda.

          All in all the perfect poster child for Zionism and the minions of the Uber-rich.

      • Dion Gibbs

        When the Americans stop bombing people like with the Move Movement in Philly, or like with American cops murdering unarmed people and bombing nations without UN approval, you people cannot talk even if we saw insane Kim in NK gas half a million people you Americans would have no right to talk when you have slaughtered far more of your own and others. Funny all nations need democracy when any Government merges Nationalism and Socialism and when that nation has a independent none Capitalist, none Communist economic system and when Venezuela had a gold back currency and kicked out the Jewish IMF from Venezuela in the final year of Chavez, sure they need democracy so Mr Abraham Noseberg can make millions for taping a few zeros on a computer screen.

        • James Wherry

          You’re suggesting that “two wrongs make a right?” How interesting. I don’t spend a lot of time on those ranting the “Hate America/Blame America” movement, but. . .

          * The Philadelphia police are not Federal police. Their bombing of armed, violent terrorists caught fire and ran away from them.

          * Kim Jung-Un already has 250,000 people in his Death Camps and uses them as experiments for his biological and chemical weapons program, yet this website shills for him.

          * Ah. Another Jew-hating NAZ!. No thanks.

      • tapatio

        THE CREDIBILITY OF US ARMY MAJOR JAMES “PEDERAST” WHERRY (whose Zionist hate mongering is below) A SELF-STYLED “CHRISTIAN” ZIONIST (How can any human claim to follow Christ and promote the crimes of Zionism?) TROLL IN THE EMPLOY OF ISRAEL CAN BE JUDGED FROM WHAT HE IS…………………………

        JAMES WHERRY’S “SOURCES” ARE, FOR THE MOST PART ZIONIST “HASBARA PROJECT” PROPAGANDA FRONTS AND ALT-RIGHT HATE SITES. CHECK THEIR OWNERSHIP AND STAFFS.

        JAMES WHERRY WAS STUPID ENOUGH TO USE HIS NAME AND A PHOTO THAT COULD BE TRACED. TURNS OUT THAT HE IS……………..

        1 A SELF-STYLED “CHRISTIAN” ZIONIST. THESE, AH, PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT, ONCE ALL OF THE JEWS ARE GATHERED IN PALESTINE, SOMETHING CALLED “ARMAGEDDON” WILL HAPPEN AND ALL OF THE “CHRISTIAN” ZIONISTS WILL BE WHISKED UP TO HEAVEN WITH THEIR BODIES INTACT IN THE HOLY 0RGASM THEY CALL THE “RAPTURE”. NOBODY HAS EVER EXPLAINED TO THE OTHER 99% OF CHRISTIANITY HOW THESE FUNDAMENTALISTS WHACK-A-MOLES CAN BELIEVE THAT JESUS OR HIS DAD WOULD EVER SUPPORT SUCH FANTASIES OR THE CRIMES SUPPORTED BY PSEUDO-CHRISTIAN ZIONISTS.

        2) A MAJOR IN THE US ARMY FROM “CIVIL AFFAIRS”. BABY-BOOMERS MIGHT RECALL THAT “CIVIL AFFAIRS” WAS PROMINENT IN THE “PHOENIX PROGRAM” IN VIETNAM……..THOSE WONDERFUL FOLKS WHO TOLD THE VIETNAMESE PEOPLE, “LOVE AMERICA OR WE’LL NAPALM YOUR VILLAGE.” WHERRY HAS ALSO BRAGGED ABOUT HELPING TO TRAIN THE STATE TERRORISTS OF UGANDA.

        3) A “GAY” PREDATOR THAT BOUGHT A BOY FROM THE PHILIPPINE SLUMS TO USE AS HIS SXX TOY. PRESUMABLY, THIS BOY HAS PAPERS CLAIMING THAT HE IS OF AGE. BUT, HE COULD PASS FOR A JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL KID AND YOU CAN HAVE A BIRTH CERTIFICATE MADE IN THE PHILIPPINES FOR $100..
        Below is James Wherry’s comment to his local paper on the occasion of his “marriage” to ayoung Filipino BOY that wherry purchased…………….
        “”I’m very happy about it,” James Wherry said. “Marriage is the bedrock of our society. I hope that same-sex couples can rejuvenate and revitalize marriage and give it the respect it is due.””

        https://www.facebook.com/james.wherry.39

        http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/article29462263.html

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtrbvD22CEQ