The Bolivarian National Guard of Venezuela attacked a group of student protestors with tear gas in San Cristóbal, Táchira which is a western regional capital that has become the center of revolt against nation’s socialist government.
A Venezuelan newspaper called El Universal reported a case about students that were attacked by the police for organizing in San Cristóbal on February 10 of 2015 a document claiming and protesting numerous objections to the way the president Nicolas Maduro has run the country in the last two years since Chavez’s death. The document was organized and delivered to the Regional Government Building. In this document the students also wanted to highlight the inconvenience of the fixed prices and ration policies injustices, that as a result caused major difficulties like when buying common goods like flour and detergent in the supermarket.
The group of students chose the date of February 12 for their march to the municipal building as a way to remember the beginning of a new national protest since lot of unfortunate situations have occurred and people are getting tired of the abolition of freedom of speech.
Upon arriving to the municipal building to deliver the document, students’ organizers said they met with a wall of riot-proof National Guard Police in the entrance, so the students feared a confrontation with this people. The National Guard attacked the group, using tear gas which is an inhuman way of defending their selves and clearly is strongly offensive. Reinaldo Manrique, one of the event’s organizers, told the newspaper that he suspected the hooded figures to be infiltrados which were people that attack the students and that none of the assembled students recognized them from any of the universities in the city. “Some infiltrados came out in hoods and threw rocks to create chaos,” he stated. Clearly Venezuela is going through complicated situations that are leading to the violence interactions between the people and the authorities.