CARACAS, Thursday November 01, 2007 | Update
University students and teachers gathered Wednesday in Aula
Magna of the Central University of Venezuela (UCV) in a forum
called "For Freedom, Against the Reform," and pledged to defend
both democracy and the autonomy of universities.
"Let us save democracy, let us defend autonomy," students chanted.
On Thursday at 11:00 a.m. both students and teachers are staging a march from UCV campus, north Caracas, to the headquarters of the National Electoral Council (CNE) to reject the proposed changes to the Constitution advanced by President Hugo Chávez and endorsed by the National Assembly.
Political leader Pompeyo Márquez -who was verbally attacked last week during a forum in Caracas Pedagogic College- was honored during the event, as well as actress Fabiola Colmenares -an opposition activist who was dismissed from TV network Venevisión-, and Andrés Bello Catholic University (UCAB) student leader Yon Goicoechea.
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.