Today marks the anniversary of the signing of the Venezuelan declaration of independence, and is celebrated as Independence Day.
At a military parade down the Paseo Monumental de los Proceres in Caracas, Maduro called on the Venezuelan people to continue:
… defeating [coup] attempts, defeating conspiracies, defeating guarimbas [street barricades], economic war, psychological war, from those who out of treachery and malice have always been behind the worst causes.
Maduro also called on Venezuelans to continue “the legacy of Hugo Chavez”, and said that “the Revolution is the only way that can guarantee the homeland and definitive independence“.
The parade was transmitted en cadena [on every television and radio station, by law], and featured a wide array of military machinery, including T-72 tanks, BMP-3 and BTR-80 armoured personnel carriers, M1-17 transport helicopters and MI-26 fighter aircraft.
Below are some images from today’s ceremony:
The entire 2 hour cadena can be seen in the video below:
Protests Continue in Caracas and Maracaibo
Alfredo Romero, director of the Foro Penal Venezolano [Venezuelan Penal Forum] announced that at least 17 people were arrested during protests in Maracaibo today. The protests appear to have been centered on the Plaza de la Republica.
Meanwhile, in Caracas, protesters managed to get their hands on a PDVSA tractor trailer, and blocked the main road leading into the Terrazas del Avila neighbourhood of the city. According to witness reports, approximately 30 National Guard motorcycles rushed to the scene, and tear gas was used to disperse the crowd.
The video below contains raw footage of the demonstration in Caracas today:
Officers Implicated in Moreno Death Released on Own Recognizance
A Carabobo court released National Guard sergeants Paola Barroso and Franklin Garcia on their own recognizance, after they were arrested in connection with the death of Geraldine Moreno back on February 19. Moreno was watching a protest in Valencia when she was shot in the head.
Moreno’s mother, Rosa Orozco, had this to say about the decision:
There’s no justice in Venezuela. There are kids who’ve been in jail for more than 100 days just for protesting, while the accomplices in the murder of my daughter are [released conditionally].
The sergeants are free tonight, but will be asked to return to court at a later date to face the charges against them.