CARACAS – Hundreds of Venezuelans marched on Wednesday evening to the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Caracas, in tribute to the victims of the protests in the country, during the OAS General Assembly currently held in Cancun, Mexico.
The demonstration called “Night march,” which began at 5:30 pm local time (2130 GMT), asked President Nicolas Maduro to stop “the violence,” the opposition alliance Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) said through its Twitter account.
The participants, along with the vice-president of the National Assembly, the opposition Freddy Guevara, the MPs Juan Andres Mejia and Jose Manuel Olivares, joined the march with candles, flags and signs with slogans such as “No more dictatorship.”
During the march, demonstrators passed the spot where young Fabian Urbina was shot dead on June 19 during an opposition demonstration, leaving candles and some written messages on the site, while singing Venezuela’s national anthem.
The demonstration arrived without disruptions at the OAS headquarters, in the east of the Venezuelan capital, where several opposition leaders spoke out for the 75 people killed in the protests so far and called the member countries of the OAS not to be “accomplices” of the Maduro government.
“We want to draw the attention of those countries that continue to be accomplices, not of a government but of a dictatorship, not of a president but of homicides, murders, corruption and deaths,” Juan Andres Mejia told reporters.
The leader of the Popular Will (VP) party, David Smolansky, expressed his gratitude to the countries which have shown their solidarity for the situation in Venezuela.
“We want to reiterate that we are going to continue, in a more organized way, on the streets, to achieve the changes we need... for the political freedoms of all Venezuelans, their economic rights and the right to life,” he told the media at the OAS headquarters.
Since April 1 (82 days), Venezuela has been shaken by a wave of street demonstrations – for and against the Government –, some of which have ended in violence, leaving 75 people dead and more than 1,000 injured, according to figures released by the Venezuelan prosecution.