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
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
They are marching in step to the same tune. There is a coordinated effort to position the idea. The Twitter hashtag #YoSoyVictimaDeLaGuarimba (I'm a victim of "guarimbas", or protest barricades) can be read on all pro-government Twitter accounts, including those of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), the National Assembly's Press Office, the state-run food distribution network PDVAL, state airline Conviasa, the Venezuelan embassies in foreign countries, radio stations and the huge media network responsive to the Government's interests and messages.