Venezuela Lurches Toward Dictatorship as Top Court Seizes Power

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March 31, 2017

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Venezuela slid closer toward dictatorship after the country’s Supreme Court gutted the only opposition-run institution — the Congress — seizing its powers and declaring the elected body invalid.

The court’s ruling late on Wednesday night was, in the words of lawmakers, nothing short of a coup. Several opposition leaders called for street demonstrations and other forms of “democratic resistance.”

As the once-wealthy oil power descends into a chaos of hunger and crime, however, it remained far from clear whether the increasingly despondent population will view the court’s move as a genuine turning point or just another step in the nation’s bottoming out toward hopelessness.

“This is not only going to cause alarm for concern within the region, but also actions, and at this point, it will be very difficult for countries to remain neutral,” said Carlos Romero, a political scientist at the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas. “The government is provoking; not only has it not made a single gesture toward dialog, it has become completely entrenched.”

  • Tiger

    Ahhhh and does this ring a bell? Courts usurping powers? Thomas Jefferson was concerned about our courts overstepping their Constitutional bounds and they have done just that.

    Hellooooooo

  • Webb

    What Did I Miss…
    Venezuela Lurches Toward Dictatorship as Top Court Seizes Power…
    Hasn’t their Leaders always been Dictators…Socialism and Starving People!!
    A Progressive’s Dream…Government Control!

    • truthseeker

      They had not been Starving until the Dictator received the 40 Million dollars and I am sure that was to pay for his Military and not to help the people .

  • justinwachin

    Venezuela has been in trouble since it embraced socialism. When a government is given the power to control everything it eventually controls everything. This is a perfect example of why the positions advocated by Bernie Sanders were bad.

    • truthseeker

      President Obama gave Venezuela 40 Million dollars of our money and it was not long afterwards the people of Venezuela had some real problems.

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      • Retired

        Just like we have spent Billions in the middle east to keep the Arabs and Israel safe .

  • calhar

    Oh what a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive.The day is coming for this country if we continue on the socialist path.

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