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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:22 PM
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Families demand answers about '89 Venezuela massacre victims
Source: Miami Herald

Posted on Saturday, 03.07.09
Families demand answers about '89 Venezuela massacre victims

As the anniversary of the 1989 Caracazo massacre approaches, memories of the killings are still fresh in relatives' minds as they push Hugo Chvez's government for answers and closure.



Aura Liscano, left, and Hilda Perez, right, hold
photos of Venezuelans who died on February 27,
1989. Both women lost relatives in the massacre.
GABRIEL OSORIO/FREELANCER

Special to The Miami Herald
CARACAS -- It took years for Aura Liscano to learn the truth about her brother's death.

Hours after going out to play basketball and dominoes in the Cota 905 district where the family still lives, he was gunned down in one of the worst massacres in recent Latin American history.

''There was a room at the morgue full of corpses,'' said Liscano, recalling her family's search for her brother, 21-year-old Jos Miguel.

``Some were hung up like sides of beef. My older brother had to search through a pile of bodies four or five high, but Jos Miguel wasn't there.''

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Caracazo, a time when Liscano joined dozens of distraught relatives trying to locate loved ones killed after then Venezuelan President Carlos Andrs Prez declared a state of emergency to deal with riots and looting sparked by a package of austerity measures.



Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/americas/story/937108.h...



(It is commonly believed the actual number of murdered Venezuelans was 3,000, and it has been believed to be that high for many years. Don't know WHY the Miami Herald has chosen to represent the number as being so much lower. The government actually pushed some of the victims into a mass grave with bull dozers.

The President, Carlos Andres Perez, who created this massacre DOES keep a home in Miami, as well as New York.



Former Venezuelan President
Carlos Andres Perez during a
party in his honor celebrated
in Miami.
Credit: Conexiones



8 months ago: Cecilia Matos, wife of Venezuela's former President Carlos
Andres Perez, holds up a family picture in her Miami condo, Tuesday, June 17, 2008.


He was impeached for corruption. Cecilia Matos was his secretary/mistress at the time of El Caracazo massacre.
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Idealism Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:26 PM
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1. I love how the Chavez bashers talk about the 92 coup
but don't mention how disgusting Perez was, and how he should have been removed by force, given the fact that no one in his government would prosecute him for corrupt and repressive ways.
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JohnnyCougar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 04:33 AM
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2. Anyone who doubts that things haven't gotten much better under Chavez
is completely divorced from reality.

You can like him, you can hate him, you can think he is arrogant and has a big mouth. But you cannot possibly deny the positive direction in which most aspects of Venezuelan society have moved.
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hack89 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 07:52 AM
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3. "riots and looting sparked by a package of austerity measures.'
That's where Venezuela may be heading if oil prices don't rebound.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 08:03 AM
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4. That's possible any place. The difference in the Venezuela of today
is that the electorate has been actively educated through literacy programs and encouraged to be active on their own behalf in community councils. They have been made part of the feedback loop to their government. Now there are many measures short of smashing windows to show that help is needed.
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hack89 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 08:12 AM
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5. We will see
it is still a violent country by any measure - we will see if those changes are anything more than a thin veneer.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 06:06 PM
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7. A thin veneer of what? Venezuelans are more politically active than we are.
They vote in greater numbers and they are more vocal than we are. We sat here and accepted the coup of 2000. They did not accept the overturning of their elected government in 2002.

There is a problem with violent crime there, that's very true. And violent crime and hate crimes are going up globally, including right here.
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hack89 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 06:08 PM
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8. We'll see - I just have my doubts nt
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 09:38 AM
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6. I'd bet there's a picture of him with GHW Bush there.
Birds of a feather.
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