Tens of millions of Venezuelans and supporters from around the world woke-up on Saturday to peaceful marches of solidarity.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
February 24, 2014
Caracas, Venezuela - A Venezuelan national march on Saturday, February 22, 2014 drew millions of Venezuelans and worldwide supporters. Demonstrations continued throughout the country on Sunday.
On Saturday, tens of millions of Venezuelans began gathering for a national march for solidarity and peace after a week long confrontation between demonstrators and security forces that claimed lives.
Venezuelans have had enough of being oppressed and their rights infringed in contrary to their Constitutional inherent rights to express themselves and to demand change. The demonstrations were fuel by the high murder rate of 24,763 in 2013, food shortages, poverty and Maduro's attempt to oppress peaceful demonstrations that turned into clashes between demonstrators and security forces after Maduro's security forces infiltrated marches and indiscriminately began firing at demonstrators.
So far, eleven people have been reported killed, according to Maduro's administration. But, posted comments on social networks have reported more deaths, abuse by security forces, rampant shootings of civilians by Cuban paramilitary groups hired by Maduro, hundreds of anti-government demonstrators injured or beaten, and numerous arrests.
Marches had been organized around the world in solidarity with Venezuela.
Major Spanish speaking networks on Saturday focused their media coverage to the breaking news that the Sinaloa druglord Joaquín Guzmán Loera, 59, aka, "El Chapo" had been taken into custody by Mexican Marines around 6:40 a.m. at the Miramar Hotel in Mazatlán, Mexico without a shot fired. Along with Guzmán Loera, also his bodyguard Carlos Manuel Hoo Ramirez was taken into custody. Six other suspects were also arrested at the hotel.