Venezuelans Demonstrate at Consulate

A group of Venezuelans holds a banner during a demonstration held on Monday in front of the their country’s consulate general in New York to ask for freedom and for the intervention of international organizations to restore democracy in that nation. (Photo via Impacto Latin News)

“Venezuela, silent genocide,” “No more dictatorship in Venezuela,” “Free Political Prisoners” and “Communism Out of Venezuela” were some of the messages conveyed by the group of Venezuelans in New York who gathered to ask international organizations to intervene in the serious situation currently endured by their country.

The demonstration, held in front of the Consulate General of Venezuela, was organized by the SOS Venezuela NY movement to protest the country’s Supreme Court decision last Friday, which “declares and seals Maduro’s dictatorship,” according to demonstrator Eduardo Lugo, who added: “The international community’s reaction could not have been any different: This was a coup d’état.”

Venezuela’s Supreme Court, Maduro’s hornet nest, decided that the National Assembly and state organizations had been stripped of their power. (…) However, for the time being, this decision has been rectified and powers have been returned to the Assembly. (…)

Even though, thanks to international pressure, power has been restored to the Assembly, the country remains under a “de facto coup d’état against institutions, against democracy,” said the activist.

The main concerns are not about what may happen but about what has already happened, as the population in Venezuela is suffocating, hungry, unsafe and lacks medicines.

“There has been international pressure, there is discontent among the hungry, battered Venezuelan people, who know that this is a dictatorship,” said Lugo, as the chant “Maduro, golpista” – which can be roughly translated as “Maduro staged a coup” – was heard in the background.

Another demonstrator, Brian Matute, from the Partido Voluntad Popular – Party of the People’s Will – said that he was persecuted in his country and that he sought refuge in New York fearing that “[rights] violations will continue, as well as the persecution, harassment and forced disappearances.”

María Cecilia Molina, an artist who has lived here for the last eight years, said: “This is yet another step that the government has taken. They have been gaining ground, they have control of everything, and there is no separation of powers.”

Her sign read: “Maduro, fat and rich, starving Venezuelans to death. No food, no medicine.”

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