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Venezuelans March in Defense of Freedom and Peace

  • Supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro take part in a pro-government rally in Caracas, Venezuela, March 30, 2019.

    Supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro take part in a pro-government rally in Caracas, Venezuela, March 30, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Published 30 March 2019

The Venezuelan government has said that the country's electric grid faced multiple attacks by right-wing groups aiming to cause chaos in the country in support of the U.S.-backed opposition. 

Venezuela held a large mobilization Saturday, called "The Popular Operation in Defense of Freedom" in rejection of the eight electrical sabotages that the country has suffered in the last 22 days, attacks led by the United States and its elected government which have deepened in recent weeks.

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One of the meeting points of the march was the capital's San Bernardino sector, which also included an act in solidarity with the workers of the National Electric Corporation (Corpoelec), the government body in charge of the restoration the electric service after repeated blackouts this month, which the state has said were sabotages by right-wing groups. 

The rallies moved to the headquarters of the Public Ministry. Political and social organizations together, with members of the public, will sign and deliver a document to the ministry requesting the acceleration of "the investigative processes against those who have betrayed the country," said Vice President of Mobilization of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) Dario Vivas, referring to the attacks against electricity.

A third group gathered to walk from Plaza San Martin, paying tribute to the medical staff that have been at the helm of the care centers assisting patients during the electric blackouts. Finally, the west of Caracas will advance from Plaza Sucre de Catia. 

All marches converged at O'Leary Square, just steps from the government Palace, Miraflores, where high government officials met the Venezuelan people with words of support. 

Venezuelan President of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) Diosdado Cabello assured that "in Venezuela, we are prepared for any attack" and that the people will be "standing ready to continue fighting".

Cabello emphasized that the Venezuelan government has already initiated the pertinent actions against those who have violated the laws. He also stressed that the administration of Nicolas Maduro currently holds meetings with representatives of opposition political parties, stating that "there are meetings with all political sectors, with all of them."

In regard with Russia and China’s support, the Venezuelan official pointed out that Donald Trump’s government does not have the authority to make decisions about Venezuela, adding that "here Venezuelans have a single president; in the Constitution does not say that the US can make decisions.”

At the same time, the Venezuelan opposition led by Juan Guaido has called for anti-government protests at different points of the capital.

Venezuela faced the first of three attacks on the electricity system on March 7 which kept the country on unstable electric supply for five days. On Monday 25 the country again faced two new sabotages, which affected the supply during this week. 

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