Our fight started with a peaceful protest of a group of students calling on the local and regional government to establish security measures since they were claiming about a climate of insecurity within the campus. The government, instead of dealing with the situation and look after a solution, proceeded to arrest 4 of the protestant and send them to a prison built for common criminals and located several miles away from their hometown. In a case like this, there was nothing left to do than paying the prison leaders to protect the students’ lives. As a result of this event and in supporting the students’ demands, the opposition leader Leopoldo López call a peaceful protest n February 12th in order to demand the immediate release of the students held in prison besides other topics such as personal security, food supply, among others. The violent repression applied by the police and National Guard as well as government’s illegal militia resulted in 3 casualties, all students. Lopez is now in prison indicted of inciting violence, murder and several other charges. Since then, countless protest has been taken place, all of them tainted by blood by the abusive use of the Venezuelan armed forces. Sometimes, images of student’s throwing stones and other artefacts can be seen, all in self-defense due to the violent attacks of the militia and armed forces. We are peaceful people, who want to live in a country that guarantees security to its inhabitants, free speech, a reliable food supply, economic stability but, overall, peace.
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