This week, both Reuters and the AP have stunningly labeled Venezuelan opposition leader, Leopoldo Lopez, as a "hard-liner."
"Tens of thousands of protesters against President Nicolas Maduro's government blocked Caracas streets on Tuesday after the arrest of hardline opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez."
"President Nicolas Maduro’s government is giving three U.S. Embassy officials 48 hours to leave Venezuela after Washington came to the defense of an opposition hard-liner accused by Venezuela’s leader of responsibility for bloodshed during anti-government protests."
Apparently, for these news agencies, anyone who opposes authoritarianism is a "hard-liner," while those who seek to embrace and conduct business with authoritarians are "moderates."
Today Venezuela stands with the "hard-liners."
And we are proud to stand with them.
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