Venezuelans speak out

Venezuelans living and working in Barbados took to the street today in a peaceful protest to show solidarity with their countrymen back home, who are demonstrating against “a lack of” peace, security and democracy.

A group of about 30 placard-bearing people picketed outside the Venezuelan Embassy in Hastings, Christ Church, for more than an hour, calling on their government to restore the country to democracy, free jailed demonstrators, disarm the para-military organisation known as “The Collectives” and do away with impunity, particularly for those responsible for the deaths and injuries inflicted on peaceful protestors on February 12.

A five-point plan for peace is also demanding responsibility from the representatives of public office and respect for the armed forces of Venezuela.  It also calls for a stop to accusations without evidence.

“Does Barbados know what is happening to Venezuela? Does Barbados know that Venezuela has had ten days of protests on the street? People protesting against insecurity; people protesting because mothers cannot find powdered milk in the supermarket for their children; wives cannot find soap and oil?” asked spokesman for the protestors outside the local embassy, Jose Enrique Zerpa.

“My wife is in Venezuela for personal reasons and she had to take four days to do her shopping. They can’t find toilet paper; a child goes out on an evening to a party of a reunion, you don’t know she is going to come back; 200 dead average per weekend in Venezuela from murders, from drug-related incidents from gangs; 200,000 dead over the last 15 years in a democratic government,” Zerpa told Barbados TODAY.

He said these deaths represented more than in Afghanistan or Syria in war.

“Why are we here? Because we care about our country. We believe in Venezuela. Venezuela is not 581 miles south west of Barbados. Venezuela is in our hearts. We have had confirmed so far, three dead in the protest march in Venezuela this week, more than 16 injured, hundreds of people in jail. So why are we here? Because we want Venezuelans to know we care,” asserted Zerpa.

He said many people in Venezuela itself do not know what is happening in their own country because the government has censored the media.

The spokesman stated that some people back home got to know what was happening when a protestor tweeted to one of those in Barbados and they in turn fed back information home.

Zerpa suggested that there was currently 56 per cent inflation in his country and 28 per cent lack of items in the supermarkets.

“What do I want from my government? To respect human rights. To respect what the constitution of Venezuela says. Each person has right to stand up and protest and issue his opinion. If you say black and I say white, and I do not agree with you and I take up a two-by-four and slap you ‘cross the side of your head, we are not dialoguing, we are conflictive, and that is what is happening to my country,” declared the concerned Venezuelan resident in Barbados.

No one from the Venezuelan Embassy could be seen while the protestors sang and shouted in Spanish and displayed their placards near the compound.

Special Branch police were also present and kept a close eye on proceedings, but had no reason to intervene, as protests remained peaceful.

6 Responses to Venezuelans speak out

  1. NathAn Salcedo
    NathAn Salcedo February 17, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Wow

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  2. Alx Edg
    Alx Edg February 17, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    ….But I’m curious as to the kind of jobs they have that allows them time to be protesting. Absolutely have NO issue with ppl standing up for their beliefs,just really curious. Do they work for themselves?*raised eyebrow*.Did they ‘call in sick? When we ‘call in sick’ Bajans hide and wouldn’t dare be caught on camera demonstrating. Just interesting the liberties others come to B’dos and ‘enjoy’ while a 97% Bajan population seemingly cowers under a .5%.

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  3. Sisi Kitty Greenidge
    Sisi Kitty Greenidge February 18, 2014 at 3:43 am

    wow

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  4. Sisi Kitty Greenidge
    Sisi Kitty Greenidge February 18, 2014 at 3:43 am

    wow

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  5. David Denny February 18, 2014 at 5:49 am

    Friends of Venezuela Solidarity Committee (Barbados)
    C/o Israel Lovell Foundation
    My Lords Hill, St. Michael. Barbados
    Tel: 1246 624 0079 or 1246 237 9982
    Email: ahsaki66@hotmail.com

    17th February 2014

    Press Release

    A Declaration from the Friends of Venezuela Solidarity Committee (Barbados).

    The Friends of Venezuela Solidarity Committee strongly condemns the acts of violence and vandalism caused by irresponsible elements of the right wing opposition forces in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and which have killed three Venezuelan and have created extensive damage in Venezuela.

    We call on all Caribbean People to condemn this reactionary force in the peace loving land of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and to demand that the Governments of the Caribbean denounce this action by the right wing opposition forces in Venezuela.

    Our Solidarity Committee and other progressive organisations in Barbados will join together with the International Solidarity Movement to support the legacy of Commander Hugo Chavez Frias and the elected Government of President Nicolas Maduro Moros. We also join with the progressive governments of the Americas that have demanded social peace and respect for the elected government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

    Long live the Bolivarian Revolution.

    David Denny
    Secretary

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  6. David Denny February 18, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Friends of Venezuela Solidarity Committee (Barbados)
    C/o Israel Lovell Foundation
    My Lords Hill, St. Michael. Barbados
    Tel: 246 237 9982 or 246 624 0079
    Email: ahsaki66@hotmail.com
    18th February 2014

    News Editor
    The Friends of Venezuela Solidarity Committee (Barbados) and the Caribbean Movement for Peace and Integration strongly condemn the acts of Violence and vandalism caused by irresponsible elements of the right wing opposition force in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Our Movement in Barbados firmly rejects the statement made by the Secretary of State of the United States, John Kerry that promote the destabilization attempts against the Venezuelan democracy and the legitimate Government of Venezuela.
    We call on Caribbean Governments and progressive organisations in our region to condemn this reactionary force in Venezuela and the Government of the United States of America that undermined the Venezuelan People and Government that supports the Bolivarian Revolution.
    The peace loving people of the Caribbean will protect the Bolivarian Revolution that defends the poor and powerless people of the Americas. This Revolution has created the condition for many Caribbean Countries to deal with the problems of energy, health, education, housing and many other social problems that have affected the poor and powerless in our region.
    Our Movement can see that the Government of the United States of America and its fascist friend are trying very hard to create the condition for a Libya-style intervention in Latin America.
    The Friends of Venezuela Solidarity Committee (Barbados) is prepared to join with our brothers and sisters to defend the People’s Revolution in the peace loving land of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. We will also stand next to our family in the fight against fascism and any USA intervention in Venezuela.
    Long live the Bolivarian Revolution of the Americas.
    David Denny
    Secretary
    Friends of Venezuela Solidarity Committee

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