Criminalization of right to protest rejected in Venezuela
The Venezuelan Program of Education-Action in Human Rights (Provea) informs about anti-protests laws
For eight years, protests have been shifted from being a right to an offense via statutory law, the Venezuelan Program of Education-Action in Human Rights (Provea) contends.
Provea's Coordinator Mariano Alvarado says there are at least eight laws providing sanctions for workers calling or participating in a strike.
Nevertheless, the Bolivarian Workers' Union of Venezuela argues that not all labor conflicts are legal. Its president, Wills Rangel, has pointed out that a large number of claims are politically driven. He explained that requests for salary adjustment of 150% show, for instance, unwillingness to negotiate.
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.