Rick Scott Slams Obama Over Venezuela as Two More Protesters Die

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Protesters set fires in Caracas last night.
Waves of protesters clad in masks and hoods battled riot police in Caracas and other major Venezuelan cities last night, leading to at least two more deaths in the latest outburst of unrest against President Nicolas Maduro.

Back in Florida, Gov. Rick Scott seized the opportunity to slam the White House when he told a group of Venezuelans in Kendall that President Obama is "not caring about Venezuela."

See also: Venezuela's Maduro Blames Marco Rubio and the "Miami Lobby" for Protests

The protests, which have been raging in Venezuela for more than two months, peaked again yesterday after government forces regained control of San Cristobal, the city where the waves of anti-Maduro dissent began.

Activists in Caracas responded by barricading streets, disrupting traffic, breaking windows, and setting government vehicles on fire. When riot police responded, tear gas filled the streets, and protesters fought back with homemade smoke bombs.

At least two protesters died in clashes elsewhere, with one killed in San Cristobal and another in Maracaibo, bringing the death toll in the anti-government violence to 39.

On a visit to Kendall yesterday, Scott contrasted the violence in Venezuela with the international response to Ukraine's uprising and said Obama has been found wanting.

"Mr. President, you've got to declare economic sanctions. You've got to show up," Scott told a crowd at the restaurant Don Criollito, the Miami Herald reports.

Obama has tried to work behind the scenes to get the Organization of American States involved in tamping down the violence, thus far with little success. Here's what John Kerry had to say about the administration's efforts in March:

"We are engaged now with trying to find a way to get the Maduro government to engage with their citizens, to treat them respectfully, to end this terror campaign against his own people, and to begin to hopefully respect human rights and the appropriate way of treating his people," Kerry told the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "And we're -- we think it's time for the [Organization of American States], for the neighbors, for partners, and other international organizations to all focus on Venezuela appropriately, hold them accountable."

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vsouzao
vsouzao

Why is President Obama ignoring Venezuela? Why aren't sanctions taking place  against that illegitimate government? Young people are dying under oppression, angry and tired of crime (that goes unpunished), hunger, basic needs, a country that is rich in oil under these circumstances is unnaceptable. Think about it, I wouldn't want Putin doing in South America what he did with Ukraine...






Orlando De Frias
Orlando De Frias

Obama doesn't get involved reactions: "Why won't you do something?!?!" Obama gets involved reactions: "Why are you getting involved?!?!?!"

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.....................VENEZUELA is a corrupt and resource-rich people poor country and NO PRESIDENT of any other country is ever going to change that = period

it would be easier to pursuade that animal in NORTH KOREA to feed his starving population than get VENZUelans to share the wealth of their oil reserves

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

...................shouldn't the GOV be more involved in VOTING problems here in FLORIDA - like why does it take so long in some neighborhoods to wait to vote ?

and why didn't FLORIDA tally votes faster in the presidential election (ROMNEY had conceeded BEFORE the state of FLORIDA reported so in essence the state's votes didn't count)

.....and, oh yeah, what about other FLORIDA residents issues like elementary and secondary education and health care and medicaid and water pollution and vehicle traffic and "stand your ground" abuses and windstorm and hurricane insurance fraud ?

the GOV thinks he knows better than the PRESIDENT and the UN and the diplomats ?

Anastasia Biltmore
Anastasia Biltmore

Hey Rick Scott- because you didn't opt for the Medicaid expansion which would have actually saved the state of Florida money because of your partisan back-scratching, let's see how many of your constituents die because they could not afford a policy under the ACA. You filthy vote grubbing hypocrite.

DRAKEMALLARD.0
DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter



RICK SCOTT=CHICKEN HAWKS


.How come politicians never join the military
when they are sending other people children to war? To the politicians
War is good for business invest your self and own your  own children,wife husband! But
certainly big business gets in there because wars are very profitable to
certain big businesses.

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

Gov. Scott is right. The US seems far more concerned about the Crimean and Ukraine ( which do NOT impact us at all) than about Venezuela which is practically in our backyard compared to the Ukraine et al, and which is the number 3 exporter of petrol to the US, to say nothing of the destabilizing impact of Chavismo on the Latin American continent OR the fact that a stable, economically sound Venezuela is of PRIMARY importance to this nation. So, yes, Rick Scott, SLAM the White House on this issue!, there has been NO attention whatsoever from Obama compared to the endless, wasted hours talking about the Ukraine,

chipahoy
chipahoy topcommenter

I'm not a big Obama fan, but who cares about Venezuela? All you folks with "SOS Venezuela" on your rear window, go home. If you really care about you country quit winning and go back and fight for change. Your'e behavior is analogous to George Washington leaving the U S. when the American Revolution began.....

Tu Madre
Tu Madre

Rick Scott = big f*cking joke.

Nuuooope
Nuuooope

Is this guy serious??  Ricky, just start packing up your office.  No one cares what you have to say.

Miguel G Cuadra
Miguel G Cuadra

Illiterate people has the same rights to vote and their votes count as well as the most literate individuals; it is something forgotten all over Latin America and present are the consequences....Education is the key to solve all political issues and Latin America and over the years has been ignored for too many years.

Reuben DeOro
Reuben DeOro

Rick Scott puckering up those lips trying to kiss as much ass as possible to try & get re-elected... We don't like you buddy... Anyone with half a brain knows to stay away from you.

Barlow Izzy
Barlow Izzy

There's much more important stuff going on besides a bunch of commies getting shot by their own elected leader.

Dave Pazos
Dave Pazos

So, your country went Communist and is falling apart at the seams and America is doing nothing about it? Get in line, the Cubans have been waiting over 50 years.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@vsouzao  


..................what did VENEZUELA ever do for AMERICA ?


i'm sorry for the innocent civilians who are getting abused but VENEZUELA has more crude oil reserves than SAUDI ARABIA so cry me a river..............don't HIDE here in MIAMI - get your butts down there and solve your own future and don't worry about oBaMa and AMERICA - we will do just fine here without you

Lynxx3
Lynxx3

@frankd4

Well said, Kudos. Tricky Ricky just looking to muddle the waters...after all, it's an election year....gotta get the goobers on board.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

............there was a young woman pedestrian crossing within a crosswalk under the walk sign pushing a stroller with a baby and here is this monsterous SUV blasting it's horn at her to make an illegal right on red - yup you guessed it on the rear window was S.O.S. VENEZUELA

THESE ANIMALS only get involved when it's their own issues otherwise they care less about AMERICA or MIAMI or anything else

i hope someday they all go home - MIAMI was a sportsman's paradise once before all these animals arrived and maybe someday we can get the place back again

Lynxx3
Lynxx3

Totally agree with you. It's an election year. Take back Florida in 2014. 

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.................oBaMa didn't incite those riots and whip up internal problems to cover CHAVEZs tracks of fraud and corruption upon the resources of VENEZUELA

MADURO is doing what BASHAR in SYRIA is doing and that's getting rid of all his enemies as well as stirring the pot to obfuscate and destroy the trail of CHAVEZ

VENEZUELA has more proven oil reserves than SAUDI ARABIA and the leadership and uber-rich venezuelas want to protect all that for themselves - something NO AMERICAN president is going to change

Palangana
Palangana topcommenter

The commies are the shooters.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@Lynxx3 @frankd4  


what GOV scott didn't mention to the latino listeners is that the GOV tried to keep them from voting and actually took steps which just today was declared illegal by a court


hispanics better be fully advised as to the GOVs real motives similarly they should also know by now oBaMa has deported MORE under his administration than any other president since


i guess my point is ALL politicians are two-faced

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