Luis Miquilena, former Minister of Justice and mentor to Hugo Chavez, said today in an interview with  El Nacional that Venezuela is facing an unprecedented crisis, and that unless the Maduro government vacates power, Venezuela “will end in chaos”.

Miquilena was Minister of Justice from 2001 to 2002. He was a member of the Venezuelan Communist Party in the 1940s, and was an early supporter of Hugo Chavez. In the early years of his presidency, Chavez considered Miquilena to be his political mentor. In 2002, when Chavez had Miquilena replaced as Minister of Justice, Chavez said:

I will never say goodbye to him. He will always be in my heart.

When asked today if he considered the Bolivarian revolution to be over, Miquilena said:

I agree with this inalienable truth, as Henrique Capriles and other figures have said. We have never had a crisis of this magnitude. There are no laws here. The opposition must make an effort to unify, not to hold talks or for future elections, but to think about the drama that is currently unfolding. The government must be faced head-on in the streets. The masses must be moved, made to stand, with a powerful message to explain to Venezuelans the situation through which we’re suffering.

Miquilena also said that the only way out of the crisis would be for “the government to leave, and leave soon”. He elaborated by saying:

We cannot escape this situation unless there is an absolute change in government. It must be absolute because factors within the current government cannot step forward to be a part of the change.

When asked if he believed that Chavez made a mistake by choosing Maduro as his successor, Miquilena said:

I don’t think he made a mistake. I think he didn’t have anyone else to choose. Chavez became very susceptible  to praise and Maduro became almost like a dog behind Chavez. It’s the same thing that Fidel Castro did with Chavez. He knew his weakness: vanity.

Caracas is 2nd Most Violent City on Earth

The Consejo Ciudadano para la Seguridad Publica and Justicia Penal [Citizen’s Council for Public Safety and Penal Justice], a Mexican NGO that tracks crime statistics in Latin America, published a list of the most dangerous cities on the planet today.

According to the list, Caracas is the second most violent city on Earth, just behind San Pedro Sula in Honduras. With a population of 3.3 million and 3,797 murders in 2014, Caracas’ homicide index for last year sat at 115.98. By comparison, the same index for San Pedro Sula was 171.20. Acapulco, Mexico came in third place with an index of 104.16.

Venezuela has 3 cities ranked in the top 12 spots (Caracas, Valencia [7] and Ciudad Guayana [12]).

Maduro Delays Speech

Yesterday evening, Maduro’s highly anticipated speech originally scheduled for this evening was postponed until 5:00 PM tomorrow. No reason was given for the delay.

While the details of his speech are not known, Maduro is expected to make a number of announcements regarding the nation’s economy as part of what he calls the “economic recovery” plan.


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