Lunes, 20 Agosto, 2018

Thousands march in Venezuela against government

Irune Rengel | 22 Abril, 2017, 19:52

Still, thousands rallied in support of Maduro in Caracas, with estimates of the total number of people protesting in the nation's capital topping out at as much as 1.2 million over a 12 mile stretch.

Carlos Moreno, 18, a student, was leaving his home to play soccer in Caracas when armed government supporters approached a nearby opposition gathering and fired shots, according to witnesses.

Maduro, 54, called on his backers to stage counter-demonstrations in Caracas on Wednesday.

A teenager in the capital Caracas and a woman in San Cristobal, near the Colombian border, were shot dead.

"Immediately the global media and those irresponsible people, including that trash called Capriles, came out to accuse the government, the revolution, the army, the National Guard", Maduro said, wearing a white doctor's gown during a televised address meant to showcase Venezuela's health system, which is in fact crumbling. It has been reported that tear gas canisters used by the military in last week's protests allegedly have been expired for years, which may cause serious health adverse effects on people.

He said the opposition did not only stage protests in the east of the city, as it normally does, but also in typically pro-government western areas. What do the opposition say??

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Some protesters in Las Mercedes neighborhood even had to cross the Guaire River, a contaminated narrow river in Caracas, to escape from the many bombs that the National Guard threw at them.

Reverol said Thursday that Paola Ramirez was killed on Wednesday by a member of Vente Venezuela, a party led by high-profile opposition leader Maria Corina Machado.

The opposition's leadership then called for further protests in communities across Venezuela on Friday, a white-clad "silent" march in Caracas on Saturday to commemorate the eight people killed during unrest this month, and a nationwide "sit-in" blocking Venezuela's main roads on Monday.

The Supreme Court's decision energized Venezuela's fractious opposition, which had been struggling to channel growing disgust with Maduro over widespread food shortages, triple-digit inflation and rampant crime.

Why is Venezuela gripped by protests? I love this land that gave me education, work and well-being.

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The opposition wants Maduro's removed, new elections and the release of political prisoners, including opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who was jailed in early 2014.

"The aim of these protests is to generate a definitive change of government and institutions", protester Eduard Grosse told Al Jazeera. The opposition is also trying to strengthen its momentum after its attempt previous year to oust Maduro with a recall referendum was quashed by election officials.

A statement issued Thursday by spokesman Stephane Dujarric calls on the Venezuelan government and opposition to "engage sincerely to reactivate dialogue efforts, " especially on issues such as the balance of power among branches of government, the electoral calendar, human rights, truth and justice and the country's socio-economic situation". 'They view us Chavistas with hatred'.

Jose Miguel Vivanco, the Watch's Americas spokesman, said at a news conference in Washington: 'We know of no other similar case in Latin America of a government arming urban militias.

Maduro didn't provide evidence to back his claim that a coup attempt was underway, and the opposition rejected his comments as a desperate attempt to intimidate Venezuelans from exercising their constitutional right to protest.

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