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‘Hope Jorge’s eyes were opened’: Univision’s Ramos gets a dose of socialism, describes detention by dictator Maduro

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Univision anchor Jorge Ramos shared a video on Facebook Monday evening talking about being detained after interviewing Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro.

According to Ramos, an open-border enthusiast, he and his team were briefly held at the Miraflores Palace after asking questions the socialist leader did not like.

Ramos said he asked Maduro if he could be called a “dictator” and also showed him a video of Venezuelans picking through a garbage truck looking for food.

In addition to being temporarily held, the crew’s cameras and cell phones were taken, according to Univision News.

Ramos, who said they were held for two hours, recorded the video at their hotel in Caracas.

“I had asked him if I can call him either a president or a dictator, because millions of Venezuelans do not consider him the legitimate president,” Ramos said in the video.

 

He said Maduro “couldn’t stand” seeing the video of the kids and angrily ended the interview. They were then told the interview wasn’t authorized and their equipment was confiscated.

Ramos said he and a producer were taken into a room and asked to surrender their cell phones. When they refused, he said the lights in the room were turned off and a group of agents came in and forcible took their phones and backpacks.

None of the equipment was returned, he said, to include video of the interview — they plan to leave Tuesday.

“They don’t want the world to see,” he said.

Upon receiving word Ramos and his team were being held, the State Department insisted on their immediate release, saying “the world is watching.”

Video of Ramos and the Univision team leaving the hotel for the airport was shared online by network correspondent Pedro Ultreras.

He tweeted: “We are being accompanied by the US and Mexico Embassy personal. They are taking us in a bullet proof vehicles for our own security.”

While no one celebrants the highly troubling treatment Ramos received at the hands of a socialist dictator, social media users couldn’t help but ask if this might open his eyes to the realities of the world.

Here’s a quick sampling of responses from Twitter:

Tom Tillison

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