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    Posted February 15, 2014 by
    CARACAS, Venezuela
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    Protestas en Venezuela

    Venezuelan Students protest asking for security, democracy and freedom for 4th day in a row

    For the last two weeks, Venezuela has been paralized. Students from all over the country protest in peace across all cities and towns. Government sends National Guard and takes disproportionate force actions against protesters, mostly students.

    On wednesday two students died during an encounter with the National Guard (called PNB). Witnesses say PNB is using Illegal arms, not suited for public protests control, including mustard gas bombs (illegal in many countries including Venezuela). Many students have been detained illegally and many more are missing. Even a female lawyer who was helping students was detained on wednesday.

    Protest have continued intensely since Feb 12th, the National Youth Day.

    President Maduro has said repeatedly during the many national broadcasts he has made, that he will not allow for spontaneous protests to happen. "Everyone has to have a permit to protest" he said, which actually goes against principles established in the constitution.

    Unions, professionals, teachers, parents and political parties have joined the protests so far.

    The TV channel NTN24 (originally from Colombia) was taken out of the cable networks after an order coming directly from the president during a speech in national television, after showing what was happening live. The channel disappeared from Venezuelan cable operators within the next 10 minutes after order was given.

    Social networks have become the only communication and information channel in the country (twitter, facebook, instagram, whatsapp and Zello. Some American sources have compared this situation with the one during the Arab Spring.

    Twitter officially confirmed the Venezuelan Government blocked the pic.twitter.com domain, which blocked images share by protesters and other people involved. The government has also blocked other web sites such as NTN24.COM as well.

    This is a developing story. We will share more info.
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