THOUSANDS OF WOMEN MARCH TO ‘FREE VENEZUELA’
President Maduro’s authority increasingly being challenged
THOUSANDS of women dressed in white marched here on Saturday to pressure President Nicolas Maduro, whose authority is being increasingly challenged by protests and deadly unrest.
Led by opposition leaders, lawmakers and Lilian Tintori, the wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, the crowd carried flowers and placards denouncing “repression”.
Initially, police and soldiers prevented it from reaching the Interior Ministry, but, the women, led by lawmakers, eventually made it to the Interior and Justice ministries.
“We’re not getting off the streets until we have set Venezuela free,” conservative opposition leader Maria Corina Machado said.
“We beg the armed forces: don’t open fire on unarmed people.”
Some women flashed their breasts in a pacifist move as some, alongside Machado, waved posters reading: “We have no firearms; just tits.”
Similar anti-Maduro rallies took place in other cities, including San Cristobal and Aragua, where police fired tear gas canisters against marchers.
Protests in Los Nuevos Teques, on the outskirts of the capital, and Barquisimeto in the country’s west on Saturday night descended into clashes between demonstrators and the military.
It was not immediately known if there were casualties.
More protests were held yesterday with celebrities marching to remember the dead. AFP
Venezuelan National Assembly member Tamara Adrian (right) participating in an opposition demonstration in Caracas, Venezuela, on Saturday.