In the framework of the commemoration of the Day of the University Student, this November 21st, hundreds of young people at national level went out to the streets to protest and demand the recovery of the democratic and constitutional thread of the country, the respect for university autonomy and a better budget for the houses of study.
The president of the Federation of Student Unions of the Central University of Venezuela (FCU – UCV), David Sosa, denounced that the security forces of the regime deployed troops around the UCV, as had not been seen for more than 20 years, to prevent students and civil society to concentrate.
“We students tell Venezuelans today that we must continue on the streets with hope and strength, because no one will come to solve our problems if we Venezuelans don’t first step forward. All opposition political actors must unite, be organized and disciplined so that the country can move forward. We young people want to turn the page and recover the normal life we deserve, that’s why we will continue mobilizing in all the streets, until it becomes a reality.”
(photo) The Student Movement Mobilized Against Maduro’s Dictatorship
For his part, the national spokesman for the private universities of the Venezuelan Confederation of Students and university advisor of UCAB, Rafael Punceles, said that the mobilization for the commemoration of the University Students’s Day and the protests of the previous days, demonstrate that Nicolás Maduro’s usurper regime is afraid of people in the streets, denouncing that in recent days the representatives of the various houses of study have been persecuted, harassed and even photographed.
“We have announced on a national and international level that the mobilization is peaceful and we count on the constant observation of the United Nations Commission that is in the country, even so, the dictator did everything possible to stiffle it, because he does not want to see the young people mobilized. They know what it means for students to be on the streets and for people to unite to fight for freedom and democracy. We tell Venezuelans that the regime represses because it is afraid of us and knows that together we are stronger.
Likewise, the UCV’s university councilor, Stephanie Cervo, emphasized that the desire of all students is to be able to celebrate their day, but due to the crisis that the universities are going through, it is impossible, so they have been forced to go out to protest. “It is up to all of us young people to continue fighting for a more democratic country, that’s why today we’re going to Fuerte Tiuna, to demand that the National Armed Forces recover the constitutionality of the country.”
Finally, the former president of the FCU of the Central University of Venezuela, Hasler Iglesias, recalled that universities are historically precincts of democracy and freedom, but today they are under threat. “We are aware of what is happening in our country, that is why we students go out in defense of all Venezuelans and to send a message to the military sector, where there are also many young people like us performing functions and have the duty to restore democracy in our nation.”
In Caracas, the university students gathered in the UCV’s rectorate square, accompanied by young militants from different political parties, unions, deputies of the National Assembly, leaders and civil society. They marched to Los Ilustres Avenue, and the Symbols Park, where they were received by a military commission from Fuerte Tiuna, a historic act in which they delivered a petition demanding respect for human rights and assuring that they will not renounce the streets until there is a change in the country.