Under cover of the pandemic, while the outside world as distracted, the Venezuelan government is carrying out an evil act: It is seeking to destroy a pair of charities. One of them, Alimenta La Solidaridad, feeds more than 25,000 children every day...
The other, Caracas Mi Convive, fights against violence. I wrote about them both earlier this year:
Both were founded by Roberto Patino, who tells me that his parents' home has been raided by one of the many Venezuelan police forces. The bank accounts of the organizations have been frozen.
The two organizations put out a statement: "During the pandemic we have served more than 14 hospitals and health centres...delivering more than 65,000 lunches through the Health Workers Support Network."
There is nothing the Venezuelan regime hates more than citizens who actually try to help the poor. There is nothing that a totalitarian regime hates more than genuine civil society.
you can read more about Alimenta here:
and Caracas mi convive here:
I hope governments, international charities and institutions will protest this cynical harassment in whatever way they can

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