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FREEDOM OF EXPRESION | Demonstrators call for explanations

Authorities monitor students demonstrating at Cuban embassy in Caracas

Al least 25 Bolivarian National Police officers in a row and fully equipped with helmets and anti-riot shields are standing between demonstrating students and the embassy site. Students claimed that if Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolás Maduro wants to be president, he must earn his votes in an election. "We do not want a usurper," the demonstrators stressed

EL UNIVERSAL
Friday February 15, 2013  11:00 AM
Requesting information about the "real health situation" of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, who is convalescent in Cuba, a group of students remains since Thursday a few steps from the Cuban Embassy to Caracas, Venezuela.

Al least 25 Bolivarian National Police officers in a row and fully equipped with helmets and anti-riot shields are standing between demonstrating students and the embassy site. Other 50 Bolivarian National Guard officers are standing closer to the Cuban embassy with armored trucks and 4-wheel-drive vehicles for security measures.  

Student leader Gaby Arellano said that at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, officials attacked the peaceful demonstration, when some students who had been detained were released and were gathering with their peers.

The students claim that in the absence of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, the Government should act pursuant to the Constitution.

Demonstrators said, "If (Vice-President Nicolás) Maduro wants to be president," he must earn the votes in a presidential election. "We do not want a usurper, as he has actually been since January 10. We want the Legislative Branch to play its role to control the Executive Office, which is regrettably making decisions from an island that is by no means the Island of Margarita (northeast Venezuela)."

Translated by Jhean Cabrera
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