VENEZUELAN STUDENT SHOT DEAD! Protests Rock Caracas
THE FIRST FATALITY…
Maria Andreína Go’mez Guevara, a student of Sociology of the UCAB of 24 years, has passed away apparently victim of a firing in a confused incident. (Noticias24)
Jungle Hut has the story and updates on Venezuela.
Daniel at Venezuela News and Views has updates on the growing tension in Venezuela.
Private sector workers joined university students and took to the streets of Venenzuela to reject the government’s crackdown on the media.
Supporters and opponents of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez fight during a protest in Caracas, Wednesday, May 30, 2007. Former presidential candidate Manuel Rosales, a top opponent of Chavez demanded the release of jailed protesters as university students poured into the streets for a third day to protest the removal of a leading opposition TV station Radio Caracas Television, RCTV, from the air. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
The street protests continue in Venezuela against the Marxist dictator Hugo Chavez:
A top opponent of President Hugo Chavez demanded the release of jailed protesters Wednesday as university students poured into the streets for a third day to protest the removal of a leading opposition TV station from the air.
Former presidential candidate Manuel Rosales said protests over the government’s move to halt the broadcasts of Radio Caracas Television show that “freedom cannot be negotiated nor bargained.”
Protesters have filled the capital’s plazas and streets since the opposition-aligned channel went off the air at midnight Sunday. Chavez refused to renew its broadcast license, and police have clashed with crowds hurling rocks and bottles.
A total of 182 people, mostly university students and minors, have been detained in nearly 100 protests since Sunday, Justice Minister Pedro Carreno said Tuesday. At least 30 were charged with violent acts, prosecutors said, but it was unknown how many remained in jail.
“Freedom for those young men and women, immediately. They should not be treated like criminals,” said Rosales, the governor of Zulia state who was defeated by Chavez in December elections.
“I know that Radio Caracas will return to the air,” Rosales said. He said protesters demand not only free speech but also the right to protest “peacefully and democratically.”
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