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Venezuelans Lost 19 Pounds Because There’s No Food But The Government Gave To Trump’s Inauguration

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While people in Venezuela struggle to eat, journalists have discovered that Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s administration managed to scrounge up $500,000 to donate to President Trump’s inauguration, according to ABC News. Venezuela’s economy has been in a free-fall for more than a year and recent reports show that the average Venezuelan has lost 19 pounds over the last year because of lack of food. The country is dealing with triple-digit inflation and violent protests calling for the overthrow of a government many are calling a dictatorship.

The donation came at a time when Maduro was accusing the U.S. government of attempting to overthrow him. According to documents released April 19 by the Federal Elections Committee, Citgo, a U.S.-based subsidiary of the Venezuelan state-owned PDVSA, donated $500,000 on Dec. 22, 2016. It seems like the donation hasn’t been enough to sway favor with the Trump administration as they have joined in on the growing international pressure on Venezuela to stop violently suppressing protesters and to allow open and fair elections.

“We call again upon the Government of Venezuela to fulfill the commitments it made as part of the Vatican-backed Dialogue process last Fall: to hold prompt elections; to respect the constitution and the National Assembly; to provide for the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners; and, to tend to the humanitarian needs of the Venezuelan people,” reads a statement from the U.S. Department of State. “We echo the joint call made April 17 by 11 Latin American governments on the government of Venezuela to immediately take these steps to permit a prompt solution to the grave crisis affecting all Venezuelans, and increasingly, the region.”

(H/T: ABC News)

READ: Venezuela Marches Turns Violent, Protesters Killed And Gassed

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Racist Sentenced To 11 Years In Arson Hate Crime Against Latino Neighbors

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Racist Sentenced To 11 Years In Arson Hate Crime Against Latino Neighbors

Robert Tong — Marin Independent Journal

If you don’t think Latinos have it rough already, with ICE chasing people down and a sitting President who is anti-immigrant, I hate to break it to you, but crime against Latinos is up. A report by NBC News found that hate crimes have been up since Trump’s election. And, Richard Eugene O’Hara, 61, a recently convicted arsonist from Canal Area in San Rafael, which itself is part of Marin County, one of the wealthiest counties in the U.S., just needed to add to those crime stats.

O’Hara was charged for the crime of arson. Yes, arson, the burning of people and their belongings for the purpose of destroying their stuff and/or murdering them. No big. Just “kill it with fire” but instead of something like bugs (which you definitely shouldn’t kill with fire, but I bet people would understand if you did, because ew) we’re talking about human beings. In this case, Latino human beings specifically.

You shouldn’t kill anything with fire ever, but I’m sure someone would forgive you if you took a blow torch to these guys.

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Nope. Nope. Nope.

O’Hara was sentenced to the maximum of 11 years in prison for the 2015 crime of arson of an inhabited dwelling, and criminal threats against his Latina neighbor and her two children. According to this article in the Marin Independent Journal, the prosecutor also added hate-crimes to both charges to extend his prison sentence.

Marin Superior Court Judge Andrew Sweat, also destroyed him in his ruling, saying “This man is a racist,” and added “He has shown an unheard-of level of animosity toward our Latino community.” The Marin Independent Journal article also stated that Judge Sweat called O’Hara “a methamphetamine-addicted bigot who displayed no remorse.”

The Judge called O’Hara “a methamphetamine-addicted bigot who displayed no remorse.”

Pun intended.

O’Hara was arrested after setting his own apartment ablaze in the hopes of hurting everyone else in the building. Reports say he was shouting “F– you Latinos!” and “Now all the Latinos will die!”

Firefighters were able to get to the scene and get the fire under control before it did damage to anyone or anything else. Basically, just O’Hara’s apartment was damaged.

That’s real wicked stuff, burn all your own stuff to hurt others, and you fail, and now you’re just in prison and all of your belongings are gone. At least he’ll have the next 11 years to think about it.

[H/T] San Rafael: Latino-hating arsonist gets 11-year sentence for Canal fire

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