A group of local politicians in Tachira state we stating a peaceful protest today in San Cristobal when they were confronted by a group of National Guard officers.
Below, a video of the event:
As the video begins, a group of what appear to be National Guard officers standing amongst a crow of demonstrators who appear to be holding a line. Some of the demonstrators are holding up signs. There is a lot of shouting, some of which I comes from a man (apparently a protester), who yells to one of the officers, “You can’t push us around like this!”.
The crowd begins to shout, “Libertad! Libertad!” [Freedom! Freedom!],and one of the officers tears up a sign and throws it with contempt into the crowd, some of whom reply with cries of, “Hijo de puta!” [You son of a bitch!]. One of the protesters holds up a sign that reads “Ni-colas, Ni-cuentos”, a pun using Nicolas Maduros’ name which translates into “No lines, no lies”.
At around 3:10, a man off-camera begins to speak, apparently addressing the National Guard officers, and says:
We’re fighting for fair wages, because you also struggle making ends meet. We’re fighting for a free Venezuela for all Venezuelans, [inaudible]. We’re fighting because the government goes on a trip with money that belongs to the poor… this struggle is for all Venezuelans, so that all of us can live better lives.
At around 4:12, one of the officers speaks to one of the protesters. He suggests that they go protest somewhere else, to which the protester replies,
What does that have to do with anything? Why can’t I protest wherever I want? This is a peaceful protest. When you go to the supermarket, do you find food? You don’t find any. Your families are going through the same thing we are. How much longer must we endure this?
233 Murders in Caracas So Far in 2015
233 murder victims have entered the Bello Monte morgue – the only one in Caracas – so far this year. There were 11 murders between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.
One of the victims as an unnamed 12 year old girl, who was beaten and thrown down a flight of stairs by her mother, Nasiris Vergara (29). This is the second case of a murdered minor this week in the Greater Caracas area. On Tuesday, a nine year old was raped and strangled to death by two male suspects.
Another of the victims of the weekend’s violence was 49 year-old Ruben Ramirez. He got into an argument with a group of people in La Vega, Caracas when he was attacked with a broken beer bottle and “decapitated” .
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