Representatives of the Venezuelan federation of teachers (Fetramagisterio) reported on Wednesday that the national strike called by the education sector was 85% fulfilled and that at least 12,330 schools in the country paralyzed their operations during this October 22nd and 23rd.
Professor René Zapata, secretary of the Venezuelan Federation of Teachers of Miranda state, said that, if they did not receive answers to thier demands during the next few weeks, the educators union will call another 72-hour national strike that could evolve into to a large general strike in the whole country.
“Despite the threats, we decided to take the streets to protest because it cannot be that there is no educational quality. Our demand is not only for a living wage, it is for the future of our children and our country. On campus there is no food, lighting, or water”, said Zapata.
The secretary stressed that the main states that followed the protest were Sucre with 86%, Zulia 90%, Miranda 90% and in the municipality Los Salias 95%. He also thanked parents and representatives for their support to the teachers.
“Teachers will remain in the fight, this strike is not the end of this. Parents and representatives: thank you for the support, but here our struggle does not end, it ends when your child has a good education and when teachers have quality of life. Venezuelan people, thanks for your participation”, he stressed.
For his part, the president of the Venezuelan Teachers Union of Caracas, Edgar Machado, denounced that officials of the Bolivarian National Police (PNB) attacked the teachers who led a mobilization from the Plaza Parque Carabobo to the Pedagógico de Caracas.
“We had an impressive triumph, in the 22 parishes of Caracas the educational strike was complied with and we had the support of parents and representatives. In addition, some private and Catholic schools closed their doors. The National Police tried to scare us, but we met the objectives. They will not continue to intimidate us”, he concluded.