CARACAS, Wednesday May 30, 2007 | Update
Following the example of high school and university students
demonstrating in Caracas and nationwide on Tuesday, private
workers and employees took the streets to reject the Venezuelan
government's decision not to renew the broadcast license for
private television station RCTV.
At 11:00 a.m., people starting leaving their offices in Caracas, in response to a call made over the Internet. For some two hours, labor hours were invested in chanting slogans and showing placards calling for respect for freedom of expression.
People working at Torre Provincial and Multicentro Empresarial del Este, northeast Caracas blocked traffic on Francisco de Miranda Avenue.
Wearing ties and heels, men and women showed support for RCTV. "We cannot stand here and do nothing. We have to do something, even if it is just standing here," said Agueda de Arvelo.
At Los Cortijos de Lourdes Main Avenue, also in northeast Caracas, workers with major industrial group Empresas Polar, Coca-Cola and other corporations demonstrated peacefully for one tour.
At noon, some of them approached Francisco Fajardo Highway, and continued to demonstrate.
At Mararacuay Plaza Mall, southeast Caracas, workers and employees took major avenues and repudiated discontinuation of RCTV operations.
At Tamanaco Mall and Cubo Negro building, east Caracas, people left their offices and demonstrated in the streets.
02:57 PM. HEAVY RAINS. Venezuelan Executive Vice-President Elias Jaua reported that the government is designing plans to support farmers, cattlemen and peasants of the state of Mérida who have been hit by heavy rains that have caused crop losses.