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"We have resisted because they attack and kill us like dogs"

The students who stay the night in front of the UN local office just ask for justice

Students have camped for 14 days, waiting for the UN response (G. Svieykowsky)
ALICIA DE LA ROSA |  EL UNIVERSAL
Monday April 07, 2014  12:03 PM
"On every occasion the National Guard (BNB) and the Bolivarian National Police (PNB) arrive, charging at us with tear gas, pellets and hunting cartridges, more than 200 people who stay the night in the camp take refuge in a corner, with gas masks; we put our hands up, as a peace sign, and chant the national anthem."

Such is the account of Raimond Julién, one of the leaders of the student camp in front of the United Nations local chapter headquartered in Caracas. The move is set to make authorities know about their "peaceful resistance."

According to Julién, the struggle of students and ordinary people is for respect of human rights, freedom of political prisoners and detained students and the cessation of repression.

"One week ago, a UN representative came down and spoke with a student delegation. We brought forward the reasons for this peaceful protest. They told us that a UN delegation would visit Venezuela to verify on the site what is going on in the country, regardless of being or not invited by the Venezuelan government. We have waited for 14 days. In the meantime, students peacefully demonstrating are attacked and killed as if we were dogs."

Day by day, ordinary citizens approach the site to support and help the 240 youngsters who stay the night in 120 tents.
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