Tens of thousands in Venezuela against violence

Tens of thousands took the streets of Caracas to protest against violence by the right-wing opposition.

Mass protest against right-wing violence in Caracas. Government of President Maduro criticized U.S. policy.

Tens of thousands of people protested on Saturday in the Venezuelan capital Caracas against the violence of opposition groups. The participants of the mass demonstration at the same time declared themselves in solidarity with the security forces of the South American country, especially the National Guard, from whose ranks in recent weeks, three soldiers were deliberately shot…

According to eyewitness reports from Venezuela, however, the increasingly violent actions by government opponents are locally restricted. “In Caracas, there is generally a calm environment,” the Venezuelan geologist and pro-government activist Luiraima Salazar told amerika21.de on Saturday. The young woman, who studied at the University of Jena is currently in the Venezuelan capital. There, people go about their business as usual, affirmed Salazar. “The dramatic images of protest seem to be specifically created for abroad coverage,” she added.

Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Elías Jaua stressed on Friday the support of Latin American States for the government of President Nicolás Maduro. Attacks by both the US-dominated Organization of American States (OAS) and the United Nations were fended off by this support said Jaua. At the UN, 120 members of the Non-Aligned Movement voted in the debate on the current situation in Venezuela, while 29 of 31 states voted for the government of Maduro in the OAS. The U.S. had tried to reach a condemnation of the left-wing government for alleged human rights violations.

Government of President Maduro criticized ‪U.S.‬ policy.
Government of President Maduro criticized ‪U.S.‬ policy.

After repeated threats of sanctions from the U.S. government, Venezuela however, has sharpened the tone towards the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama. Maduro accused Washington in a press conference from the Miraflores presidential palace, of fuelling the protest movement and of seeking his overthrow. Foreign Minister Jaua called his U.S. counterpart John Kerry a “murderer of the Venezuelan people,” because he stoked the violent protests. “Whenever we are able to hold the perpetrators of violence at bay and isolate them, there are statements of Kerry”. Thereafter the violence gains stength every time again.”

(Article from amerika21.de translated by HCPDF)