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Venezuela Government Publishes List of Opposition Vacations

CARACAS -- Venezuela's Minister of Communication and Information Delcy Rodríguez released a list of the international holiday destinations of opposition leaders, journalists and entrepreneurs -- clearly obtained from their private airport departure information as they departed immigration -- while at the same time noting that President Nicolas Maduro received 2014 "with his people".

"Don't miss the list of destinations of holiday of opposition leaders abroad", Rodriguez wrote on her official Ministry Twitter account, attaching a list of 27 names entitled "The Right's End-of-Year Abroad", with their Venezuelan social security numbers, travel destination and date of departure from Venezuela.

Maduro "received the year with the people. The trilogy of the evil opposition was in luxury abroad", tweeted Rodriguez.

The list includes Miranda state Governor Henrique Capriles, the leader of the opposition, and members of the opposition alliance (MUD) National Assembly Deputy Maria Corina Machado and former Mayor of Chacao Leopoldo López, baptized by Maduro as the "evil trilogy", as well as the names of leading politicians including Caracas Metropolitan Mayor Antonio Ledezma.

Also included on the list were the names of journalists critical of the government, such as Nelson Bocaranda, a columnist for El Universal as well as radio personality; Alberto Ravell, former president of the sole former critical TV news channel Globovisión and now head of online newspaper La Patilla; and even Lorenzo Mendoza, President of Polar, the largest Venezuelan private company and one of Latin America's richest men.

In addition, the list includes Rocio San Miguel, the Director of a Non-Governmental Organization that fights for Human Rights.

Hours earlier, the Communication Minister expressed her concern for the destinations where various members of the opposition would enjoy their Christmas holiday.

"Where are the evil trilogy of the opposition leadership vacationing? Sure isn't in Venezuela! ", Minister Rodriguez wrote on her twitter feed.

Panama, Miami, Madrid, New York and Paris are some of the destinations where the opposition went, according to the list.

On Monday, Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro criticized the NSA and the USA for its eavesdropping.

In 2003, a government National Assembly Deputy, Luis Tascon, published what became known as "The Tascón List," which was a list of the signatories and their social security numbers of the 2.4 million people who signed the petition calling for the recall of Venezuela President Hugo Chávez. The list, which was published online by Tascón and widely distributed in a searchable computer database form, was used by the Chavez government to deny signers government services, jobs and contracts.

Opposition Vacation Destinations


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