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
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.