Hong Kong #20: Venezuela*


Have you been checking out the news recently? If so, you might have noticed the protests going on in Ukraine. But, have you realized that there are protests also going on in Venezuela right now? Maybe not so much. Why? This is because of the government’s censorship on the national and some international media. We, the Venezuelan people, only have social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to express our ideas, to report the current situation, and to spread the news on what’s happening in the country’s protests.

All these protests in Venezuela started 10 days ago, February 12, 2014, for continuous problems that have been carried on for several years now. Problems such as the lack of basic needs including food, newsprint paper, and even toilet paper; the increasing murder rate (>80 per 100,000 habitants) and insecurity; the high corruption inside the current government and the trafficking of drugs and weapons; the weak economic and the high inflation rate over 50%; and most importantly, the lack of future for the young generation inside Venezuela.

These are only some of the current problems why students along with civilians are protesting as of today.
If you’ve been checking my Facebook and Twitter accounts, you might’ve seen that I’ve shared lots and lots of political articles and videos about Venezuela‘s current protests. And I do this because even though I’m far away from Venezuela now, I still care and feel the Venezuelan blood running inside my body and my heart. You can call it patriotism, and it’s true to some extent. I learnt to love Venezuela since a very young age and my love for the country won’t change. It’s also more than that; It’s the feeling that Venezuela, as a country, can be better; it’s the knowledge that the country where I grew up playing soccer in the streets can be safe and prosperous again; it’s because people in Venezuela deserve a much better, serious, and educated Chief Executive, Commander in Chief, President, Manager, or whatever you wanna call it.
The current situation in Venezuela is tough. Protests are going on in major streets, cities, and states; and the national police and military are not helping at all either. The latter are gun firing against students and other civilians that are trying to protest as peacefully as possible. The situation is tough, and will get tougher as the days keep on going if the current President doesn’t step down. If you’re Venezuelan, you’ll know how I’m feeling in this moment. It’s been difficult to focus on classes, homework, and even falling asleep.
I’m being so political because I have a voice that others inside Venezuela might not, and I’m trying to raise awareness about the situation and what’s happening inside that beautiful country with a woman’s name called Venezuela.
Please share, spread the word, and keep Venezuela in your prayers. Venezuela needs you!
Until next time!
News About Venezuela’s protests (Spanish and English):

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