Venezuelans Enjoy Easter Despite Threat of Right-Wing Violence

Venezuelan Embassy Press Release :- Millions of Venezuelans are spending holy week, the week leading up to Easter, with family and friends: at home, shopping, on the road or at the beach. These images stand in stark contrast to the unstable picture of Venezuela that international and local right-wing media present.

Over 140,000 people have traveled through Caracas’ La Bandera terminal alone on their way to vacation hotspots, according to Commander of the Fire Department of Caracas, General Angel Alberto Martinez, reported Ultimas Noticias.

Security has been a priority for travelers since the start of violent, right-wing protests just over a week ago, but the terminal is being protected by some 500 officials as well as members of the National Anti-Drug Office (ONA), the Crime Prevention Authority (DPD) and the Autonomous Service of Registries and Notaries (Saren), according to Martinez, who called for “calm” and for citizens to “respect the law.”

Early on Wednesday, Minister of Defense Vladimir Padrino addressed the National Guard, saying “there is a constitutional government” in Venezuela and that the constitution must be defended. He sent a stern warning to opposition leaders

“The right to protest is guaranteed in the constitution, and we have the duty to enforce it.. But when you become violent, you lose that right.” Padrino added that the role of the Venezuelan security forces is to continue to “protect life.”

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has been holding regional meetings to strengthen ties with neighboring countries | Photo: Reuters

Around 40 opposition protesters accused of committing acts of violence during the past week’s demonstrations are currently being held.

In an effort to further clamp down on criminal elements, PSUV Vice President Diosdado Cabello has called for an investigation against opposition leaders who have participated in recent demonstrations in Caracas.

Cabello condemned what he called “shock groups,” which after the rallies “begin violent actions against institutions, people and police officers charged with safeguarding public order.”

Source: Telesur English

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