Two Venezuelan firemen face up to 20 years in prison for filming a video in which they ridiculed President Nicolas Maduro, comparing the head of state with the donkey. This is reported by The Independent .
The authors found and detained the video. On Sunday, September 16, it became known that they are facing 10 to 20 years in prison.
41-year-old Ricardo Prieto and 45-year-old Carlos Waron, military counterintelligence officers were arrested last Wednesday, September 12, right at the fire station where they work.
Both firefighters worked for more than ten years and say that the video was exceptionally comic.
The hero of the short movie is a donkey, who is led on a rope by the fire department, describing what is happening as a “president’s visit”. Comic effect – in the popular among the opponents Maduro nickname of the president. It is based on the consonance of his name with the Spanish word “donkey” – burro.
Their actions are estimated as “inciting hatred with aggravating circumstances.” This law was introduced in the country in 2017. Officially, its goal is to stop manifestations of racial, national, religious and other types of hatred. But the world’s media argue that this is an attempt to fully control the media space in the country.
Discontent with the power of Maduro grows as the economic crisis worsens: in July, the International Monetary Fund predicted inflation in Venezuela to a million percent by the end of the year. There is a shortage of goods in the country, regular riots occur regularly.