Indigenous communities representing various nationalities marched through the streets of Caracas Thursday to show their support for the government of Nicolas Maduro and the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela.
The groups participating in the demonstration were responding to a call made by the Venezuelan government to develop grassroots solutions to the economic crisis the country is currently facing.
teleSUR's correspondent in Caracas, Iain Bruce, said that the leaders he spoke to back the government due to the respect that has always been extended to Indigenous peoples throughout the Bolivarian Revolution, the political project initiated by the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
“In the past we were always received at the back door, now we're welcomed through the front door,” Noeli Pocaterra, a leader from the Wayuu people, told teleSUR.
Bruce reported that demonstrators felt that based on their traditions, they had unique contributions to make towards addressing the economic crisis.
"As they passed the opposition-controlled National Assembly, the Indigenous groups stopped their march briefly. Among clouds of ritual smoke and chants, they carried out a ceremony of purification at one of the doors to the parliament.
"They said the building where the Bolivarian Revolution gave them representation had been profaned by the new right-wing majority," reported teleSUR correspondent Iain Bruce.
Once the march arrived at the presidential palace, leaders turned a document directly over to President Maduro outlining their proposals. According to the Minister for Indigenous Peoples Clara Vidal, the document was a synthesis of proposals made by Indigenous peoples in their territories.
Maduro made a commitment before the crowd to speed-up efforts to hand over land titles to Indigenous communities for their territories. The Venezuelan president also authorized funding for socio-productive projects in Indigenous areas.
The rally condemned the recent efforts by Secretary-General of the Organization of American States Luis Almagro to promote foreign intervention in Venezuela through the use of the Democratic Charter.
Approximately 43 different nationalities from the states of Amazonas, Zulia, Sucre, and Bolivar participated in the demonstration.