Venezuelan Regime Intensifies Censorship, Introduces 20-Year Prison Sentence for “Hate Speech”

 

 

Just call the speech “hate” speech. It’s much easier to throw people into prison that way.

(From The PanAm Post)

On Wednesday, November 8, Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly unanimously approved the Constitutional Anti-Hate Law for Peaceful Coexistence and Tolerance. Those found guilty of promoting “hate crimes” will face up to 20 years in prison.

“Anyone who publicly incites hatred, discrimination or violence against a person or group of persons due to their real or perceived membership in a certain social, ethnic, religious or political group shall be punished with imprisonment of 10 to 20 years,” the new legislation said.

Right…It’s about “hatred.”

Obama and Chavez kicking it a few years ago. That’s Maduro smiling in the background.

 

Those found to be “promoting hate” won’t be the only ones in danger of punishment. It will also be a punishable offense to not act against inciters. The text approved by the illegal Constituent Assembly also provides prison sentences of between eight and 10 years for police or Armed Forces officials who delay the execution of “justice” against those responsible for “hatred” in the country.

The law’s loose wording combined with the regime’s authoritarian nature has the political opposition worried it will be used to oppress anyone the government deems an enemy. All private citizens, institutions and entities are obliged to cooperate with the Anti-Hate Law.

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