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

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Quote of the day 24/01/2014

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.” – Paulo Coelho

Quote of the day 23/01/2014

“We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future.” – Steve Maraboli

First post of the year and new beginnings…

new beginnings

Hello everyone, Happy belated New Years for all of you!

First post of the year and it is on the 23rd, big fail… If you haven’t realized it yet, me and my blog like to take time off of each other once in a while. But I’m back! One of my new years resolution was to be constant with this blog, I’m starting that kind of late BUT it’s always better late than never, right?

So far in the new year I’ve been looking for a job. Last Wednesday I went to an interview in a clinic to work with a cardiologist and he said he’d call me between Friday and Monday, but it’s Thursday now and he never called (yeah, I am a little sad about that), and I went to another one on Monday and I think I got that one, so I’m getting ready all the papers I need to give to them in order for me to start working there. That one it’s in a laboratory analyzing ABGs (arterial blood gasses) samples, I was an intern there in my second year 🙂

My birthday it’s next month (February 21st) and I’ll be 25. I used to think that by 25 I would have my life figured out, but I’m so far from that. The fact that I finished school and now I’m looking for a job doesn’t mean that I do, I still don’t know what to do with my life. Even after all those years in school I still ask myself everyday: is this really what I want to spend the rest of my life doing? And to be honest, I don’t think I do. Hopefully I’ll figure it out soon, because it’s stressful and sometimes depressing to feel like that. Hello Quarter-Life Crisis!

Graduation it’s in March! (Woo-Hoo!). I’m excited about that and also quite stressed, if you read the last paragraph you’ll know it’s true. Time for me to be an adult!… March also means that it’s my goddaughter’s 3rd birthday. Plans are already in the making, the invitations are almost ready and that’s it so far. We still need to do lots of things, I’ll post pictures everything as we work on it.

I’m also working on the graduation logo. I don’t know if this is done somewhere else or only here, but when a class graduate we make shirts with a logo that represents that class, and I have to do it for mine. I was brave enough to volunteer to do it and they agreed, to be honest I think it was because I’m the only one in my class who knows how to work with Photoshop and Illustrator.

There are also good things coming for this blog! I want to give it a makeover, I’m thinking about some cool stuff to do like changing the colors or having a blog mascot. I want to have it ready by the time my birthday comes, so I have about a month to work on that. And about the posting schedule, I’ll keep posting the quotes of the day everyday and some quick posts here and there, but I promise a long, insightful, meaningful post at least once a week. I promise I’ll really do it this time!

I feel like this is the year for new beginnings, the year to have some new experiences and the year to start saying yes to more new things.

So this is it for today, I gave you an update of what’s been going on so far on the first 23 days of 2014, and I’m so ready for the other 342 to come!

Jenn

Quote of the day 29/11/2013

We all grow up with the weight of history on us.  Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies.

~Shirley Abbott