Venezualans in US do­nate pro­tec­tive gear, medicine and walkie-talkies to protestors

New Straits Times - - World -

MI­AMI of sup­plies on a ta­ble at a Colom­bian restau­rant where do­na­tions were be­ing ac­cepted.

Half of the 225,000 Venezue­lans liv­ing in the United States re­side in Florida, mostly in the greater Mi­ami area.

Most do­na­tions are geared to­wards pro­tect­ing de­mon­stra­tors from tear gas, pep­per spray and other crowd-dis­per­sal gases used by Venezue­lan riot po­lice.

Liq­uid an­tiacids — the kind sold at cor­ner phar­ma­cies — are good to treat gas-caused skin burns. For eye pro­tec­tion, swim gog­gles and over-the-counter eye drops are pop­u­lar.

Also in de­mand are walkietalkies, hy­dro­gen per­ox­ide to clean su­per­fi­cial wounds, neck braces, anti-bi­otic cream, and leather gloves for pro­test­ers to pick up and hurl hot gas can­is­ters back at the cops.

On Thurs­day, Venezuela’s op­po­si­tion leader asked other Latin Amer­i­can coun­tries to pres­sure Maduro’s gov­ern­ment to im­ple­ment a “demo­cratic agenda”.

Op­po­si­tion leader Julio Borges, the pres­i­dent of Venezuela’s op­po­si­tion-led Na­tional As­sem­bly, ar­rived in Lima to meet Peru­vian leg­is­la­tors and Pres­i­dent Pe­dro Pablo Kuczyn­ski, who has been one of Maduro’s most vo­cal crit­ics among Latin Amer­i­can lead­ers.

He said the hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis and strong protests against Maduro’s so­cial­ist gov­ern­ment had crossed Venezuela’s bor­ders be­cause of a wave of refugees across the re­gion.

“It’s im­por­tant that we get sev­eral gov­ern­ments in the re­gion to unite to make sure in Venezuela there ex­ists noth­ing other than a pop­u­lar and demo­cratic agenda.”

The op­po­si­tion has de­cried Maduro as an au­to­crat, who has wrecked the coun­try’s econ­omy, and de­manded elec­tions to re­solve the cri­sis. Agen­cies


A bus burn­ing near a protest against the Venezue­lan gov­ern­ment in Cara­cas on Satur­day.

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