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Persecuted by Maduro: National Assembly Members

first_imgBy Dialogo September 17, 2019 Attacks against the members of the only democratically elected body in Venezuela have not let up since 2016, when the first session of the 6th Legislature opened.On August 12, through its Constituent National Assembly (ANC, in Spanish), the regime revoked the parliamentary immunity of four other opposition members for alleged crimes of “high treason, instigating insurrection, civil rebellion, conspiracy to commit a crime, usurpation of functions, public incitement to disobey the law, and hatred.” These members join the list of more than 100 lawmakers who have suffered human rights violations and have been prosecuted, imprisoned, or exiled.“The attacks will get more and more aggressive, not only against the National Assembly, but also against any target they [members of the regime] have drawn, either national or international,” Américo De Grazia, an AN lawmaker who has taken refuge at the Italian Embassy in Caracas since May 2019, told Diálogo.Gregory Weeks, a specialist in Latin American political affairs and professor in the Latin American Studies program at the University of North Carolina, said the government won’t stop harassing the parliament.“On this point, I don’t think Maduro has much incentive to stop,” Weeks told Diálogo. “The United States is exerting a lot of pressure […] and won’t lift sanctions. So, Maduro tells himself: ‘What’s the point?’ He might as well do what he wants.”On August 12, ANC President Diosdado Cabello announced the creation of a commission that will evaluate the date for parliamentary elections and the possibility of moving them forward. For Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaidó, moving the elections forward would be a “disaster.”“What if the regime today dares to – and they can – approve an irregular call for elections without any sort of conditions? They will drown in contradictions and isolation; they will drown in a disaster,” Guaidó told the press.Maduro does not recognize the AN, whose 122 opposition members (of a total of 167 elected) represent the so-called supermajority. Most opposition lawmakers have been victims of harassment, from threatening graffiti painted on their houses by pro-Maduro gangs to imprisonment, as in the case of Édgar Zambrano, the AN vice president who was kidnapped in May 2019, or Juan Requesens, who has been detained since August 2018 for the alleged drone attack against Maduro.Other members, such as De Grazia, sought refuge at embassies in Caracas: Marianela Magallanes López at the Italian Embassy; Richard José Blanco Delgado at the Argentine Embassy; Franco Manuel Casella at the Mexican Embassy; Leopoldo López at the Spanish Embassy; and Freddy Guevara and Roberto Henríquez at the Chilean Embassy.last_img read more

Syracuse football beats Boston College, 28-20, despite a season high in penalties

first_img Published on October 22, 2016 at 7:41 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonati CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — As Syracuse drove down the field up 14-10, it hit a stall in the red zone. In four plays, the Orange gained 54 yards and a roughing the passer penalty handed SU another 15 yards, putting Syracuse on the Boston College 19-yard line.The final 19 yards took five plays. SU committed three false start penalties and one holding penalty. The Orange faced a second-and-goal from the BC 20, a third-and-goal from the BC 18 and a third-and-goal from the BC 11.Despite the penalties, Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey launched a fade to wide receiver Steve Ishmael and put the Orange ahead for good.“We’re going to have to go back and check the tape,” SU head coach Dino Babers said. “I think that some of it we have to see because that’s very uncharacteristic for you to have that many false starts without there being a reason. So we will go back and check the tape.“But they called them on us, so I’m sure we must have did it. I’m assuming.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the first five plays of Syracuse’s (4-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) 28-20 win over Boston College (3-4, 0-4), there were eight called penalties between the teams. The start foreshadowed the rest of the game. SU and BC finished with 24 penalties for 201 yards, and SU racked up 16 of those for 135 yards.The Orange’s nine false start penalties were more than BC’s total penalties and accounted for 56 percent of its total penalties. The Orange still managed to pull out a 28-20 win over the Eagles with the penalty total.“Sometimes it would be like hard counts,” Syracuse guard Aaron Roberts said, “and sometimes it would be somebody didn’t know it was a hard count or something like that.”Syracuse had more false starts than it had penalties in six other games this season. The only other game the Orange has had double digit penalties was against South Florida, when it had 10 for 69 yards. Prior to SU’s matchup against Boston College, the Orange had not tallied triple-digit penalty yards this season.After the game, Babers was asked whether he’d thought about calling a timeout to calm his team down, but the SU head coach deflected instead.“I’ll tell you what, in between series, I sure did get myself around to where they could feel me,” Babers said about potentially calling a timeout to settle SU down, “and made sure that they settled down.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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