Venezuelan Opposition Leader Assassinated Days After 1.8 Million Sign Petition To Oust Maduro

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The situation in hyperinflating socialist paradise Venezuela just moved one step closer to chaotic totalitarianism. With President Maduro clinging to power (thanks to his military 'assistance') amid growing social unrest (1.8 million signatures gathered seeking a referendum to remove him), FoxNews Latino reports German Mavare, leader of the opposition UNT party, died Friday after being shot in the head, asassinated in the western state of Lara, according to his organisation. Maduro has appeared on State TV tying Mavare to "armed groups" and suggested that more right-wing politicians are potential targets.

The Venezuelan people are growing increasingly angry at the nightmare of economic squallor Nicolas Maduro appears to have laid at their door (thanks in large part to an overly-generous socialist agenda runnining out of other people's petrodollars)...

In less than a week, more than 1.8 million people in Venezuela signed petitions seeking a referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro from office. That's nine times the required 200,000 signatures.


The opposition said in a statement they delivered the petitions in 80 sealed boxes early Monday morning without notifying the media to avoid potential clashes with Maduro’s supporters.


Ousting Maduro will not be an easy task despite his approval rating plummeting amid triple-digit inflation, widespread food shortages and near-daily power blackouts. Recent polls suggest two-thirds of Venezuelans want him out.


If the National Electoral Council verifies the signatures in the coming days, it would trigger a second petition drive during which 20 percent of the electorate, almost 4 million people, would have to sign before a referendum could be scheduled on removing Maduro before his term ends in 2019.


If a vote were held, the president would be removed only if the number of anti-Maduro votes exceeded the 7.6 million votes he received in the 2013 election. In December's parliamentary elections, opposition candidates mustered only 7.7 million even though they won control of the legislature by a landslide.

President Maduro has recently dug in against what he calls opposition attempts to destabilize Venezuela...

"If the oligarchy were to do something against me and take this palace by one means or another, I order you, men and women of the working class, to declare yourselves in rebellion and undertake an indefinite strike."

And now, it appears 'someone' has "rebelled"...Venezuelan politician German Mavare, leader of the opposition UNT party, died on Friday after being shot in the head, an assassination that occurred in the western state of Lara, his organization said.

"The board of the UNT expresses its deepest sorrow for the slaying of colleague German Mavare. We demand justice and an end to violence," was the message posted on the Twitter account of the UNT party, headed by jailed ex-presidential candidate and former governor of Zulia state, Manuel Rosales.


The mayor of Iribarren in Lara state, Alfredo Ramos, said on his Twitter account minutes after the incident occurred before dawn Friday: "German Mavare, of the popular urbanization of Carucieña, a tireless fighter for social causes, has just been hit by a bullet in the head."

For his part, Luis Florido, an opposition lawmaker of the Voluntad Popular party, said on Twitter: "German Mavare died. A red bullet ended his life. Politics today is high risk. We demand an investigation of the case #NoMoreViolence #Lara".

The authorities have not yet issued a statement about the matter. Bloomberg reports that Maduro, speaking on on state television, said:

“The people we captured are talking and more than one far right-wing politician is mentioned."


"Authorities this week killed leaders of armed groups with ties to paramilitaries."


"Government is pursuing armed groups."

In conclusion, things just went to 11 on the spinal tap amplifier of failed-state-ness, and we leave it to R. Evan Ellis to discuss what happens next,

The question for businessmen and governments with a stake in the deteriorating situation in Venezuela is no longer if the regime of Nicholas Maduro will come to a premature end, but under what circumstances.


This reality has little to do with the determination or sophistication of the Venezuelan opposition, nor of the resiliency of its almost completely compromised institutions. Rather, the Maduro regime has locked the country on a course of national self-destruction, responding to the deepening economic crisis with counterproductive, and simply bizarre measures, such as criminalizing the attempt of the market to respond to shortages, or reducing the federal work week, destroying the little productive capacity that remains in the country.


Similarly, in the face of the population’s demand for a change in course, evinced by the massive opposition victory in the December 2015 mid-term elections, Maduro’s intransigence increases the probability that the suffering and frustration of the Venezuelan people will eventually give rise to violence.

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Miffed Microbiologist's picture

I hope Donald Trump has stellar security.


Stuck on Zero's picture

For every opposition leader you assasinate you create a million leader-less opposition followers.

Implied Violins's picture

...and then create yet another million opposition followers, looking for a spark. This might just be it.

Kissy Ass's picture

Assassination. Imagine those last few seconds of panic...

HowdyDoody's picture

The US regime changers are getting desperate.

I guess we can call this the blood red revolution.

Socratic Dog's picture

My thoughts also.

I was a little surprised no mention of possible/probable outside intervention, either in the killing or in the "stabilization" to follow.

I seem to recall Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world?  I'm sure that has nothing to do with anything.

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) Socratic Dog May 8, 2016 8:23 PM

Isn't it odd how the opposition leaders in socialist countries seems to have "Accidents" quite regularly?  It sort of reminds me of how many of Hitlery's opponents and loose cannons have had their own accidents along the way.  Huma, are you listening?

Handful of Dust's picture

Venezuela can solve its problems by banning frats from its college campus, changes the names of buldings and forbidding any Venezuelans from flying the Confederate flag.

COSMOS's picture

No big deal, they took a page out of the CIA South American Handbook.   Gotta beat the crooks at their own game.

LOL " a tireless fighter for social causes, has just been hit by a bullet in the head."

Really now a fighter for social causes, just like that Goldman Sachs Uncle Tom Obama.

Hey now, Castro shot a whole bunch of scum like that guy.  There may not have been many profits under Castro, but at least they weren't privatized. 

Bang Bang Bang, works better than staple guns to get rid of these mofos

'Six years ago, the reformist government of President Zelaya held out some hope for the poor peasant farmers of Honduras until he was toppled in a coup carried out by military officers trained in Georgia at the notorious School of the Americas, with the tacit support of Barack Obama and his then secretary of state, Hilary Clinton, who were carrying on a long tradition of US intervention and interference in the region.'

Guess what the students from the School of the Americas, SHOOT TO KILL.  So you gotta beat them at their game.

GRDguy's picture

Assassination = extreme censorship.

COSMOS's picture

Assassination = freedom from slavery to USA corporations.

ArmedLiberal's picture

Agreed.  Here we have a   vast humanitarian crisis with no aid response from the US.  No US aid for Ecuador either.  Of course not.  All US effort to create these crises, NGO's, funding for the oppostion, same old shit forever.  Fuck all the  knee-jerk anti-socialist, brain-washed, brain dead parrots, dumb as shit.  The US population deservies the fucking it is getting from the elite for being dumb shits.  USA: A nation of sheep, lead by wolves, owned by  pigs.  Fuck the DNC, fuck the RNc, the bankers and evey little ignorant opinioned knee-jerk anti-socialist less-on (below moron) with their self-righteous condemnatin of any form of socialism, suckig up to their corporate capitalist masters. 

peddling-fiction's picture


Is that a Langley meme you are trying to share with ZH?

It is also called directed MENTAL POISONING and part of their MENTAL ALCHEMY work shop.

Ballin D's picture

why do you think he talks up the secret service every time hes on stage?  Hard to do the job when you cant pay the security team to look the other way. At least not all of them.

SpasticGramps's picture

Was it a nail gun in the parlor, Mr. Mustard perhaps?

Reichstag Fire Dept.'s picture

I don't understand why socialism just isn't working's worked everywhere else! Maybe they're just no doing it right?

Fractal Parasite's picture

The Sacrificial Lamb to accelerate the ousting of the anti-Globalist Maduro. How many times have we seen this script?

Always ask: Cui Bono - who really benefits from this?

VWAndy's picture

 The powers that be dont play nice kids.

 The stall.

peddling-fiction's picture


Divine justice is implacable and unescapeable. Are demon shadows circling yet?

FX223's picture

Trump, watch your six.  I joked about this for many months but shit is getting real now.   I don't particularly like the man but fuck me, ANYONE but Clinton!


It's time to purge big fucking time.

deimos178's picture

I don't think is comes as any suprise that the only thing socialists didn't have a shortage of was bullets.

peddling-fiction's picture

DHS does not have a shortage of bullets either.

peddling-fiction's picture

Thank goodness. There will be lots of shooting back. <high five>

COSMOS's picture

Neither do the citizens.  BINGO.  That is why Bautista got his ass out of Cuba.

Mr.Kowalski's picture

The only way Maduro leaves is in a pine box. I'd wager the people will take to the streets in large numbers very soon.

COSMOS's picture

So far the controlled opposition paid for by CIA budgets is leaving in pine boxes.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

V, go full Musollini or Caucescu in his corrupt, incompetent, socialist ass.

COSMOS's picture

Ill take that ass before Ill take Obama's or the Clans Asses

nmewn's picture


"If the oligarchy were to do something against me and take this palace by one means or another, I order you, men and women of the working class, to declare yourselves in rebellion and undertake an indefinite strike."

Well now I'm as confused as Maduro, the ONLY oligarchs in the socialist utopian paradise of Venezuela take orders FROM the "Maduro palace".

COSMOS's picture

By oligarchs I think he means guys with ties to these dudes.

Guess he doesnt want to end up as the Ukrainians.

One thing is to be poor and own your own land and be able to feed your family.

Another thing is to be a poor slave in chains and owning nothing and slave for the clan oligarchs.

"Goyim (gentiles, non-Jews) were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world – only to serve the People of Israel," he said, according to the Jerusalem Post. "Why are gentiles needed? They will work, they will plow, they will reap. We will sit like an effendi and eat. That is why gentiles were created." An "effendi" is a lord, or a master, in Arabic.\

Gotta take a stand agains the ANTI-GENTILES

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

Well, we can rest assured that the CIA is not involved.

Meanwhile, over in Bosnia...

grunk's picture

Government rules it a suicide.

messystateofaffairs's picture

The usual socialist utopia. Yawn.

COSMOS's picture

Ill take the socialist utopia to slavery to a corrupt capitalist kleptocracy anyday..

conscious being's picture

Funny you got downvoted. Somebody wants the "corrupt capitalist kleptocracy". Now who could that be??

SillySalesmanQuestion's picture

Elimination of competition by assassination... works every time.


Ganja Jane's picture

Between Januaryuary 2015 and November 2015 Venezuela used its GOLD reserves to settle debt payments to the tune of 3.6 billion dollars(I am assuming at the current JP Morgue manipulated spot). I think the powers that be don't want that to stop.

Chavez's effort was in vain. 

smacker's picture

So, after this glorious experiment in socialism ended in disaster, Maduro is now going to ram some more of it down their throats and allegedly assassinate anybody who objects.

When was socialism ever any different?