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How a dictatorship uses political prisoners to stay in power



Quem são os presos políticos na Venezuela e como a ditadura os usa para manter-se no poder

Photo courtesy of the press this Thursday by the Penitentiary Forum at which Lt. Col. Ruperto Sanchez (right) hugs his daughter in Caracas, Venezuela today.| Photo: Criminal Disclosure Court / EFE Agency

Former Venezuelan Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Ruperto Sanchez, considered a political prisoner by several human rights organizations, was finally released on Thursday (17) after spending seven years in prison on charges of military mutiny. The release was announced by Foro Penal, a Venezuelan non-governmental organization that has been helping people arbitrarily detained by the Chávez dictatorship for nearly 20 years.

The release of a soldier who also holds Spanish citizenship must: according to the organization, which happened in July last year, but only materialized after pressure and accusations. When he was released, he was finally able to hug his wife and daughter.

Stories like that of Sanchez have sadly become commonplace in Venezuela by Nicolas Maduro. According to the NGO Foro Penal, there are currently 301 political prisoners in the country. However, since 2014, the dictatorship has arbitrarily detained 15,743 people for political reasons. Alfredo Romero, director of the NGO, explained People’s Bulletin that these arrests need to be constantly monitored and updated due to the revolving door effect of political prisons in the country.

let one go, hold the other

“The number of political prisoners in a week may be the same as a week earlier, but other people are arrested and released,” Romero said. These comings and goings are intended to intimidate the population and also allow the regime to always use political prisoners as a bargaining chip for negotiating with the opposition and international actors.

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“Arrests always happen, almost weekly, to keep this intimidation flowing smoothly. But as some are released, others are arrested. For example, last week was released Carlos Roja, who was in prison for almost four years, but other people were arrested for various reasons, ”he said.

According to Romero, part of the opposition is also using the position of political prisoners to gain an advantage in the same game as Nicolas Maduro. For example, last year his opponent, Enrique Capriles, announced the release of more than 100 political prisoners, whom Romero said were actually 50, after negotiations with the dictator ahead of the parliamentary elections.

“Specific moments are used to show that they release political prisoners and thus receive certain political benefits – either from the government or from the opposition. The government is arresting people to use them later as a bargaining chip to ease international pressure that would be in place today, or to ease national pressure. And on the side of the opposition, they sit down to negotiate [com o regime] and they include political prisoners who do not know and even make mistakes in the lists, just to gain political gain and to be able to participate in negotiations or dialogues with the government. ”

Who are political prisoners in Venezuela

According to Romero, two opposition political leaders are currently being detained: journalist Roland Carreño, associated with the Voluntad Popular party, and Gilberto Sojo, also the leader of the party. The overwhelming majority of political prisoners in Venezuela are citizens who do not belong to any party, but who at some point criticized the Venezuelan dictatorship: indigenous people are in prisons, unions in the oil industry and education, soldiers accused of the uprising, residents who participated in protests against the regime. The goal of the Chávez government in arresting these people, who are mostly not affiliated with opposition political parties, is to intimidate the population in order to avoid protests, reducing the chances of opposition backlash.

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There are also people who are being arrested so you can find the information you need or force people to surrender. “There is a case of a woman named Maria Auxiliadora Delgado Taboski, who is the sister of Osman Delgado Taboski, who is wanted on charges of participating in the assassination attempt on President Nicolas Maduro. They detained her and her husband, they have been in prison for almost three years, without trial, without trial, ”Romero said.

Precarious conditions and the right to protection

He also said that of the more than 15,000 people arbitrarily arrested in Venezuela over the past seven years, less than 1% have never been convicted. Many of them have been imprisoned for lengthy terms, up to seven years, without trial, and when they are released, no procedures take place in the same way, because their release is nothing more than a political decision.

“There is, for example, the case of Antonio Garbi, who was detained in 2014 for participating in a protest rally and accused of murder, which allegedly took place during the protest rallies. He did not commit murders, he has been in prison for seven years, and the trial has not even begun, ”the director of the criminal court said, adding that when the courts do not initiate a case, political prisoners have no right to defense. …

“A little more than 10% of the current 301 political prisoners have been convicted. All the rest were not convicted, and the overwhelming majority did not even go to court, ”he said.

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The situation got worse during the pandemic as the health crisis was used as an excuse to deny lawyers access to prisoners. Reception of lawyers and family members in detention centers was closed, which delayed the possibility of granting the right to defense.

Prison conditions are also a major concern of human rights organizations. According to Romero, they do not correspond to the basic conditions of keeping people in seclusion. “Many are sick, in serious condition without medical assistance.”

IN Interview with Spanish newspaper ABCCurling Rodriguez, wife of Ruperto Sánchez, a soldier released this week, said her husband was sent to a “punishment cell” at the Ramo Verde Correctional Facility with 20 other inmates, where they spent 17 days in appalling conditions.

“It was inhuman. There was a restroom for everyone. The feces are full. They had to wash in this cell, and I think they even had to eat there (…) Currently, in Ramo Verde, inmates sleep on the floor, and sanitary conditions have deteriorated in recent years, ”said the wife in early June. …

Finally, Romero warned that arrests were ongoing and that international pressure was important to free political prisoners, as was the case with Sanchez’s release.

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The dollar continues to reflect the political scenario



The dollar continues to reflect the political scenario

Yesterday, financial agents evaluated the opposite decision of the Federal Supreme Court (STF) regarding the so-called secret budget. In addition, a decision was made by STF Minister Gilmar Méndez to issue an injunction that would exclude the Bolsa Família from the spending cap rule, with investors trying to understand how this measure would affect the processing of the transitional PEC in the Chamber of Deputies. Oh this PEC!!!!

Since he is an exchange investor, any reading that the budget will be exceeded or become more flexible will negatively affect the exchange market, whether through the PEC or in any other way. We will continue with volatility today.

Looking beyond, the US Central Bank (Fed), although slowing down the pace of monetary tightening at its December meeting, issued a tougher-than-expected statement warning that its fight against inflation was not yet over, raising fears that rising US interest rates will push the world’s largest economy into recession.

The currency market continues to react to political news. The voting on the PEC is saved for today. It is expected that it will indeed be reviewed to open the way tomorrow for discussions on the 2023 budget.

Yesterday, the spot price closed the selling day at R$5.3103.

For today on the calendar we will have an index of consumer confidence in the eurozone. Good luck and good luck in business!!

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Andrés Sánchez consults with the Ministry of Sports, but refuses a political post.



The former president of the Corinthians dreams of working for the CBF as a national team coordinator. He was consulted shortly after Lula’s election.

Former Corinthians president Andrés Sánchez was advised to take a position in the Ministry of Sports under the administration of Lula (PT). However, he ruled out a return to politics. dreams of taking over the coordination of CBF selectionHow do you know PURPOSE.

No formal invitation was made to the former Corinthian representative, only a consultation on a portfolio opportunity with the new federal government, which will be sworn in on January 1, 2023.

Andrés was the Federal MP for São Paulo from 2015 to 2019. At that time he was elected by the Workers’ Party. However, the football manager begs to stay in the sport, ruling out the possibility of getting involved in politics again.

Andrés Sanchez’s desire is to fill the position of CBF tackle coordinator, which should become vacant after the 2022 World Cup. Juninho Paulista fulfills this function in Brazil’s top football institution.

The former president of Corinthians was in Qatar to follow the World Cup along with other figures in Brazilian football. During his time in the country, he strengthened his ties with the top leadership of the CBF.

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The EU has reached a political agreement on limiting gas prices – 19.12.2022



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BRUSSELS, DECEMBER 19 (ANSA). European Union countries reached a political agreement on Monday (19) to impose a natural gas price ceiling of 180 euros per megawatt hour (MWh). The main sources of income for Russia and the minimization of the use of energy as a weapon by the regime of Vladimir Putin.

The agreement was approved by a supermajority at a ministerial meeting of member states in Brussels, Belgium, after months of discussions about the best way to contain the rise in natural gas prices in the bloc caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. .

The value set by the countries is well below the proposal made by the European Commission, the EU’s executive body, in November: 275 EUR/MWh. However, the countries leading the cap campaign were in favor of an even lower limit, around 100 EUR/MWh.

Germany, always wary of price controls, voted in favor of 180 euros, while Austria and the Netherlands, also skeptical of the cap, abstained. Hungary, the most pro-Russian country in the EU, voted against.

The instrument will enter into force on 15 February, but only if natural gas prices on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange exceed 180 euros/MWh for three consecutive days. In addition, the difference compared to a number of global benchmarks should be more than 35 euros.

Italy, the EU’s biggest supporter of the ceiling, has claimed responsibility for the measure. “This is a victory for Italy, which believed and worked for us to reach this agreement,” Environment and Energy Minister Gilberto Picetto tweeted.

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“This is a victory for Italian and European citizens who demand energy security,” he added.

Currently, the gas price in Amsterdam is around 110 EUR/MWh, which is already a reflection of the agreement in Brussels – in August the figure even broke the barrier of 340 EUR/MWh.

However, Russia has already threatened to stop exports to countries that adhere to the ceiling. (ANSA).

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