Protests in Venezuela: why we protest and how it all started.

How it all started?

During the last week of January a series of robberies happened in some universities of the country, like a massive robbery in the Santa Maria University, the robbery in a full classroom in the Alejandro Humboldt University, the attempted rape of a female student of the University of Los Andes in Tachira. These event led the students in Tachira to start protesting in the streets demanding better security, a group of them where arrested.  After that, students all over the country started to protest for the release of fellow students.

On the 12th of February a group of students organized students marches nationwide to commemorate Youth Day and the Battle of La Victoria and also in favor of the liberty in Venezuela. That day ended with a new group of students arrested, some disappeared and  two students and a government defender were killed by police forces in Caracas.

These were the events that started this massive protest that’s been going on for 22 days in Venezuela. This is the count as of today: 1030 students arrested, 34 tortured, thousands of people injured and 18 people killed.

Why we protest now?

  • 18 people killed

  • Thousands of people injured

  • Venezuela’s Inflation Rate Is 56%. We have the highest  inflation rate in the WORLD!
  • Venezuela is one of the most dangerous countries in the world. We leave our houses every morning not knowing if we’re going to come back, it may seem like an exaggeration but it’s not, it’s the absolute truth.
  • The liberation of political prisoners Ivan Simonovis (10 years), Leopoldo Lopez (15 days) and more.

 

  • Venezuela’s food shortage. Empty stores and supermarkets, that results in Venezuelan people having to make extremely long lines to try to buy food in the few places that have it.

  

  • Drug and equipment shortages in Hospitals

The image says:  “Venezuelan doctor: I don’t have antibiotics, I don’t have gloves, I don’t have gauze pads, I don’t have blood, I’m not a fascist, I want change. SOS Venezuela”

  •  Media blackout. We don’t have the freedom of information anymore, all of the private tv channels are being censored by the government and the public channels belong to them. Colombia-based news channel NTN24 was removed from cable signal after it broadcast live coverage of the violence going on in the streets. CNN and social media is all we have, and they are trying to censor that too.

I’m sorry if I bothered anyone with this post but this is all we have right now to inform the world what is going on here, what we’re living here and how we’re living here. I want you to please help us spread the word that we’re living in an dictatorship and that we’re fighting for our freedom.

#SOSVenezuela #PrayForVenezuela

Jenn