Venezuela is living difficult days. On wednesday a group of people went out to the streets to protest against insecurity, the high prices of basically everything and the blackout of the media but, most importantly, to ask the government to set free a group of students that had been arrested at Táchira State only for being protesting against the regime.
The protest ended peacefully but a few moments after most of the students and civilian had abandonned the area, armed forces (police forces as well as criminal forces) attacked the ones remaining in the area with guns. Three were shot dead that day.
Our country is one of the most dangerous countries of the world. In a single weekend, even 70 people can die of violent causes (we are not at war, those numbers are shameful). The government does nothing. But when people die because they’re exercising a constitutional right and the bullets are coming from who we are demanding answers, the government, death becomes even more daunting.
We no longer know who is a criminal and who is a friend. We feel fear of the thieves (who are now usually murderers too) and of the police. Most of the country feels this way.
The protests didn’t end on thursday, but this video only shows what happened that day and only in Caracas. Today, friday 14th, while most of the world celebrated Valentine’s Day, the student movement was still on the streets asking for those missing after being unjustly imprisoned (throwing stones and bottles at armed man that threaten your life with bullets doesn’t sound very harmful to me. I do not justify any type of violence, but I’m not blind, the differences are more than clear) on wednesday all over the country. Tonight, the protest was ambushed and repressed by the National Guard.
The president of the country, the dictator Nicolás Maduro, has promoted a manifestation for the so called “peace” he claims to be aiming. He invited only his followers and insists to call his opponents “fascists” when it is his government, his regime, the one annuling half the country.
I ask of you only to acknowledge our situation and, if possible, to share it so that Venezuela can be heard. We’re being left alone and, within our coordinates, blinded and silenced (TV channels no longer inform us and this thursday 12th, the acces to images on twitter was limited). Help us have a voice outside our walls today. We will continue with peaceful protests and demands, we will continue informing the world of the situation, we will continue fighting for a better Venezuela, we will continue.
VMQ, venezuelan student.
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