THOU­SANDS OF WOMEN MARCH TO ‘FREE VENEZUELA’

Pres­i­dent Maduro’s au­thor­ity in­creas­ingly be­ing chal­lenged

New Straits Times - - World -

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

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Venezue­lan Na­tional As­sem­bly mem­ber Ta­mara Adrian (right) par­tic­i­pat­ing in an op­po­si­tion demon­stra­tion in Cara­cas, Venezuela, on Satur­day.

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