On February 12th 2014, Venezuelas Youth day, students gathered the streets throughout the country to protest the insufficient and corrupt government. The current university students residing in Venezuela are considered the most educated group of the population. This video shows the Venezuelan National Guard kicking, punching, and physically abusing peaceful protestors. Many of the armed forces are taking Venezuelans hostage and refusing to supply food or water. In western Venezuela , the internet is completely blocked off, and for the rest of Venezuela, Twitter has been deactivated to avoid publicization of the events.
Many Venezuelans I have confided in can describe the Venezuelan society in one word: Corrupt. University Students in Venezuela are fighting back for the human rights and for the country’s progression. According to the Huffington Post, a non governmental group that tracks violence, estimated that in 2013 the homicide rate in 2013 had quadrupled over the past 15 years. Since the increase in violence, the Venezuelan government has failed to provide violence statistics to the public to conceal the truth . Recently Forbes, has pronounced Venezuela doomed to collapse due to numerous economic setbacks such as , ” Riots in the streets. Killings of protesters. Shortages of consumer staples like toilet paper and flour. Power outages. Confiscations of private property. Capital flight. Inflation running at more than 50%. The highest murder rate in the world.”
Many students may ask, ” Well how can I help ?” SImply by keeping the public informed. University students around the world are creating a media movement known as ” Pray for Venezuela”. This movement represents the international unity and support in these times where there is injustice.