By: Crisanna Felipe
Almost 30 people have been killed, and many more injured, in protests this month and the economy is staggering under the weight of shortages and runaway inflation. Rafaela Requesens, a student leader, shouted at a wall of National Guard officers standing shoulder-to-shoulder and stopping protesters from advancing. Students held demonstrations across Caracas Thursday as a two-month-old protest movement that.
Hundreds have been injured, often in confusing street melees between stone-throwing youths and security forces firing tear gas and water cannons.
Opposition activists are run over by a charging National Guard riot control vehicle during a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas.
A Venezuelan police officer died on Thursday after being shot in ongoing protests against President Nicolas Maduro’s government in the country’s north.
Back in Venezuela, family and supporters of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez continue their anxious wait for news amid rumours about his health, despite the release of a so-called “proof of life” video in which he says he is fine. And more than 1,000 have been arrested.
Venezuelans and fellow classical music performers have blasted Dudamel in the past for being cosy with Maduro, who protesters accuse of undermining the South American country’s democracy and blame for an economic collapse that has produced soaring inflation and shortages of food and medicine. The latest waves of protests came in response to Maduro’s recent announcement to call a national Constituent Assembly with the aim of easing political tensions and supporting dialogue with the opposition.
Global news agency reports have mentioned daily protests by Opposition sympathisers on the streets, with pressure increasing by the day for the embattled President to step down.
Maduro has not given details of the changes he plans for the constitution as he began the procedures at the electoral council on Wednesday to elect a “constituent assembly” to draw up a new constitution “so that our people. can decide the destiny of our homeland”.
Maduro announced the creation of a new “constituent assembly” on May Day in Caracas tasked with rewriting Venezuela’s constitution. A group of bipartisan USA legislators sent a letter to President Donald Trump Thursday urging him to apply new sanctions against individuals responsible for human rights violations and to push for the delivery of humanitarian relief.
In an online essay titled “I Raise My Voice“, Dudamel asked President Nicolás Maduro to listen to demonstrators who have taken to the streets against his mandate.
At least 36 people, including supporters and opponents of the government, have been killed in more than a month of unrest triggered by Maduro’s efforts to consolidate his rule.
Mr Montiel also said Venezuela had large reserves of Coltan, a mineral used in electronic circuits, and, therefore, even in missiles, adding that foreign powers were coveting that as well.