Several thousand people rebutting the changes to the Constitution proposed by President Hugo Chávez are rallying on Bolívar Avenue, downtown Caracas, to begin an act closing their campaign against the constitutional reform -which will be voted next December 2.
Demonstrators began walking from several places in Caracas, such as Alfredo Sadel Square, in Las Mercedes, southeast Caracas, Brión Square, in Chacaíto, north Caracas, Venezuela Square, north Caracas, and La India rotunda, southwest Caracas. They are demonstrating to voice their rejection against the Chávez's intended changes to 69 out of the 350 articles of the 1999 Constitution.
Student leader Yon Goicoechea showed excitement at the number of people who are gathering on the Bolívar Avenue, including university students and opposition parties.
"We said we would crowd the Bolívar Avenue, and we did it! We said we would win the referendum and we are going to make it!," Goicoechea said.
Students at the Central University of Venezuela (UCV), Andrés Bello Catholic University (UCAB), Simón Bolívar University (USB), Metropolitan University (Unimet), Monteávila University (UMA) Santa Rosa Catholic University (Ucsar), among others are attending the demonstration.
LOPEZ CASE The Venezuelan mission at the United Nations in Geneva has sent a notice to the Office of United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights (UNCHR) labeling as "unreasonable" the latter's petition to release Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López.
HUMAN RIGHTS Spanish President Mariano Rajoy and Lilian Tintori, the wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, gathered on Wednesday in Madrid. At the meeting, Rajoy expressed his concerns about the detention of the dissenter, whose immediate release was requested by the United Nations in a resolution issued recently.
LOPEZ'S CASE Lilian Tintori, the wife of detained opposition leader Leopoldo López, asserted on Tuesday that "justice is militarized in Venezuela," because the Venezuelan government "has not observed" the resolution issued by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention of the United Nations (UN) asking for the release of her husband.