Within the framework of University Student Day, thousands of students took to the streets in 10 states of the country to protest against Nicolás Maduro’s regime and to demand a better future for themselves and the entire nation.
The students demanded from the State improvements in the infrastructure of the study centers, decent salaries for teachers and better policies in the universities.
In Caracas, students gathered around the Palace of the Academies to also demand the urgent return of classes throughout the country.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many classes were suspended or attempts were made to continue through online systems. However, the majority of Venezuelans do not have a quality Internet service that allows them to keep up with the lessons.
Rejection of fraud and support for the Popular Consultation
The students also took to the streets to reject the electoral fraud orchestrated by Maduro’s dictatorship for next December 6th.
Jesús Mendoza, a university councilor at the Central University of Venezuela (UCV), insisted that it is impossible to participate in parliamentary elections that do not have the basic conditions of transparency.
“December 6th is an electoral fraud because the necessary conditions to go to the polls to vote are not in place. The right to vote is in the Constitution but we cannot vote with a National Electoral Council (CNE) that was hand-picked by some magistrates,” he said.
For his part, Daniel Maldonado, another UCV student advisor, reported that the demonstration passed through the CNE facilities to show the rejection of the December 6th fraud.
“This movement is always articulated in favor of the students and in favor of the country,” he added.
The representatives of the Student Movement assured their participation in the Popular Consultation proposed by President (E) Juan Guaidó and said that they will support it as a mechanism for the mobilization of citizens.
Daniel Terán, professor of the UCV history chair, said that: “this is a November 21st that reminds us that history is still alive” because Maduro’s regime intends to hold fraudulent elections the same as Pérez Jiménez tried to perpetuate himself in power.
“As happened with all dictatorships in our history, this regime keeps the university in the worst of states,” added the professor.