- Posted February 23, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Protestas en Venezuela
SOS Venezuela (Finland)
Venezuelan’s in Finland united for Venezuela!
Yesterday, 22th of February 2014 Venezuelans have gathered around the world to demonstrate in most of the capital cities aiming to both support our students back home, and also to raise our voices demanding our constitutional rights to be respected. Venezuelans have been battling rampant delinquency levels; inflation, food and medicines shortages just to name a few. The current situation has been started to be qualified in different journals as the “Venezuelan uprising” due to the level of violence and chaos created by the government’s repression towards demonstrators.
The “information blackout”, terminology nowadays used to define the prevalent censorship towards the press, impedes local and foreign news agencies to report or commentate in real live time the events that are taking place in the country. Thus, thanks social media Venezuelans are able to keep themselves informed about the events taking place in the country. Given the unmeasured use of violence on behalf of the National Guard and other collective groups armed by the Government itself, human rights violations, information blackout, inflation, poor health care services, political persecution, and food shortages Venezuelans are demonstrating without fear. The more repression and brutality we all become victims of, the more inner strength we find to express ourselves regardless of the consequences. For those of us abroad, it is both our duty and right to join the students back home in this national cry for help, in this cry for a change demanding effective policy making to bring the country into a healthy economic situation and most importantly to eradicate delinquency.
Moreover, Venezuelans living in Finland joined the S.O.S Venezuela movement to support our fellow Venezuelans in this call for change. We gathered in the emblematic Senate Square in Helsinki-Finland, about 50 people between Venezuelans, spouses, and people from other nationalities all came together under the same call, the call for Freedom. The Venezuelan National Anthem was proudly chanted by the attendees that remembered the victims of the uprising against a government seeking to silence the will of the most; the attendants also embodied a human S.O.S in hopes of the Finnish community to help us raising our voices for Venezuela. Definitely this was a day filled with hope and faith to achieve a better Venezuela where everyone fits.