Seven students from Universidad Santa María (USM), a private university in the state of Anzoátegui (northeastern Venezuela), were injured after the police broke up a demonstration outside the campus.
Roger Millán, president of the University Students' Council at the USM, said that the students were virtually "kidnapped" because the police have banned both people and cars from entering or leaving the USM campus.
The injured students are still in the campus and their health condition is unknown. The mayor of Lecherías, Gustavo Marcano, sent a civil protection team to look after the injured, but they have not been able to enter the university.
The demonstration began at 8:00 a. m. (Venezuela's time). The students were demonstrating against the shutdown of private TV station RCTV Internacional on Saturday night.
A shipment of over 30,000 tons of phosphate arrived at Puerto Cabello port in late July on board the Shi Long Ling, a Chinese-flagged vessel that began its long journey in northern Africa. The cargo boat docked on July 26 after traveling more than 3,200 nautical miles. Undoubtedly, this would just be considered one in many cargo ships crisscrossing the oceans if it were not for the fact that Venezuela has denounced Western Sahara occupation by Morocco and yet purchases the territory's natural resource products from the occupying power.