Vancouver Venezuelan community rallies in support of protestors
Dozens of people rallied in front of downtown Vancouver’s Robson Square Saturday in solidarity with the hundreds of thousands taking to the streets in Venezuela.
“Students are not happy. They say they are going to keep in the streets until those students detained are released and until we have free press, free media, freedom of speech. So the right to gather and protest should be in every country and every democracy. It’s not happening in Venezuela” says one Vancouver demonstrator who is worried about family and friends back home.
In Vancouver, supporters of ‘Stand Up Venezuela’ say they want to show their opposition to the government’s violent response to recent nationwide demonstrations.
Today, Venezuela’s divide became more evident at mass rallies where protestors were either in support of socialist leader Nicolas Maduro or against him.
Maduro succeeded late leftist leader Hugo Chavez last year.
The protests began last week when students took to the streets on International Youth Day.
At least eight people have died and hundreds have been injured.