Venezuelans Face 25 Years In Prison For "Hate Or Intolerance"

In a harbinger of what - for various reasons - may be coming to the US, Venezuela's brand new "all-powerful" constituent assembly is set to pass a bill that will jail anyone who expresses "hate or intolerance" for up to 25 years, a measure which the local opposition - and everyone else - is certain will be used by Maduro's regime to silence and punish all dissent.

"The question is whether this is the peace he's looking for: creating a law that gives him and his obedient supreme court judiciary powers to lock up dissidents for 25 years," Tamara Taraciuk, head Venezuela researcher for Human Rights Watch, told Reuters in a Wednesday telephone interview. To be sure, less extreme versions of this proposal have cropped up across the developed world, where while "hate or intolerance" - as defined by some arbitrary but very powerful authority - will result if not in jail time, then certainly in loss of freedom of speech or worse.

As for Venezuela, the "the proposal includes incredibly vague language that would allow them to jail anyone for almost anything," she added, a blueprint for how crackdown against dissent in "developed" countries may materialize.  It gets worse: straight out of "1984", Venezuela's assembly is scheduled later on Wednesday to empanel a "Truth Commission" headed by Maduro loyalist and former Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez, to prosecute those responsible for violent anti-government protests.

Over the past month, in his attempt to copycat Turkey's president Erdogan and seize supreme power, President Nicolas Maduro installed a 545-member assembly stacked with Socialist Party allies earlier this month, who provide him with a greenlight to do virtually anything. The president defends the new legislative superbody as Venezuela's only hope for peace and prosperity.

Separately, local rights group Penal Forum estimated that Maduro's government was holding 676 political prisoners as of Wednesday, a number that could rise once a crackdown against hate crimes - however the ruling regime defines these - becomes law. For now the definition is simple: no disagreement with Maduro:

"Anyone who goes out into the streets to express intolerance and hatred will be captured and will be tried and punished with sentences of 15, 20, 25 years of jail," Maduro recently told the assembly, drawing a standing ovation.

Meanwhile the assembly has wasted no time in usurping power. Just days after firing Venezuela's top prosecutor Luisa Ortega, the assembly on Tuesday ordered that cases of protesters detained this year be held in civilian rather than military courts. The Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists said in a report on Wednesday that Ortega's dismissal "removes one of the last remaining institutional checks on executive authority."

As for Ortega, she is likely going to prison too: the country's new chief prosecutor, Maduro's former "human rights ombudsman" Tarek Saab, on Wednesday outlined corruption accusations against his predecessor Ortega, her husband and members of her team of prosecutors. She is unlikely to find any support in the current regime: the opposition, in control of the traditional congress, boycotted the election of the assembly, meaning that all candidates for the new body were Maduro allies.


Croesus Raffie Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:34 Permalink

Crushing dissent is EXACTLY what all this "Tolerance" and "hate crime" bullshit is all about.

So, White folk, stop being a bunch of apologist pussies, and embrace your race.

In Europe and the US, you have had a war declared on you, by Tribesmen, and their useful idiot "minority groups".

Call me a racist? Yup, I like White people more than any other 'groups'. Why? Because I generally have more in common with them.

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BritBob Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:30 Permalink

Venezuela appears for the first time as "not free" country report of Freedom House organization attributed the new category to "the combination of extreme economic mismanagement and heavy-handed Government" of President Nicolas Maduro.Maduro is a keen supporter of Argentina's mythical Malvinas claim even speaking at regional conference on behalf of Argentina (CELAC).How can Argentina claim the Falklands when she has never legally owned them?Falklands- Never Belonged to Argentina: Still, why let a good old socialist distraction get in the way of the truth.

agNau Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:34 Permalink

This Bill just pulled up in Charlottesville.
Like the (NON) PATRIOT ACT, it was already written and will be dusted off and passed unanimously by our Nazi government.

1033eruth me123me Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:17 Permalink

However, Venezuela got the hard part out of the way which was to make gun possession illegal FIRST.  You can't get to this stage of making speech illegal until you get rid of guns first.  Of course, you can work on eliminating both the 1st and 2nd amendments CONCUREENTLY, like we're doing here in the US.

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samsara Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:42 Permalink

Venezuelans Face 25 Years In Prison For "Hate Or Intolerance"

Someone tell the snowflakes that the can move there where they will be safe

They will do this here in another year after the get rid of Trump

"Anyone who goes out into the streets to express intolerance and hatred will be captured and will be tried and punished with sentences of 15, 20, 25 years of jail," Maduro recently told the assembly, drawing a standing ovation."

pizdowitz Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:40 Permalink

25 years mandatory for inciting violence, hatred and subverting the government?  The kid has some great ideas.  I would add mandatory "civil-asset forfeiture" to make it fair.You hear that Sessions, MF?

Deep In Vocal … (not verified) Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:41 Permalink

next up privatization of the internet....... say something wrong online face jail time  enjoy this last moment of being "free" on the internet....the crackdown is coming.........going uncontested.......there aren't enough good men left in the world to stop it....all neutralized by the poison in the food and water supply

Conax Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:43 Permalink

That's a pretty hateful piece of legislation. Perhaps maduro and his .gov stooges should spend a quarter century in one of his filthy prisons.

css1971 Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:47 Permalink

The merits of .357 used in both pistol and carbine over a 9mm/.223 combination.I like the idea of the flexibility of the round. It hits as hard as a .223 when fired from a carbine barrel, but you can still stick it in a snub nosed revolver. Essentially you're getting a rifle round at pistol prices. Then you can use .38 for the ladies or cheaper practice in exactly the same hardware.Only problem I see is 9mm and .223 are simply more common, so in the event you run out, you're stuck. Commonality is a big benefit.Thoughts?