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Day 38 of Protests in Venezuela: Opposition Stands Up to Dictatorship’s Call to Rewrite Constitution

By: Orlando Avendaño - @OrlvndoA - May 9, 2017, 9:54 am
Day 38 of Protests in Venezuela
Citizens took to the streets for the 38th day of protests in Venezuela. (/PanAm Post)

EspañolVenezuelan citizens returned to the streets on Monday, May 8 to protest against dictator Nicolas Maduro’s regime and his proposal to convene a National Constituent Assembly. In response to calls from opposition leadership, the streets were once again filled with protesters trying to reach the Ministry of Education.

State official ordered the armed authorities to prevent the opposition’s march from reaching downtown Caracas, where Minister of Education Elias Jaua has an office.

After 37 days of protests, confrontations with the state have become even more intense. The number of crimes committed by the regime continue to grow. However, citizens show no signs of leaving the streets.

Today, opposition leaders announced that Venezuela’s protests have reached a “point of no return,” as violence will most likely continue to escalate.

Photojournalists Leo Álvarez and Blas Santander have reported on activity in the streets.

(Foto: Blas Santander)
Protestors use shields to defend themselves against oppression in Caracas. Sign: “Death to Oppression”  (/Blas Santander)

 

(Foto: Blas Santander)
Helmets have become a necessary when going out on the streets, as the use of tear gas cannisters has become increasingly common. (/Blas Santander)

 

(Foto: Blas Santander)
A protester resists the dictatorship by throwing a tear gas canister back at the state’s forces of repression. (/Blas Santander)

 

(Foto: Leo Álvarez)
National Bolivarian Police fire tear gas against protestors in Caracas. (/Leo Álvarez)

 

Gobernador y líder opositor Henrique Capriles encabeza manifestación en autopista Francisco Fajardo. (Foto: Leo Álvarez)
Opposition leader Henrique Capriles leads a protest along Francisco Fajardo highway. (/Leo Álvarez)

 

Manifestante afectado por efecto de gases lacrimógenos. (Foto: Leo Álvarez)
A Venezuelan protestor endures the effects of tear gas. (/Leo Álvarez)

 

Diputado Rafael Guzmán resistió a represión de las fuerzas del Estado. (Foto: Leo Álvarez)
Congressman Rafael Guzmán resisted the state force’s repression. (/Leo Álvarez)

 

Manifestante se enfrenta con fuerzas represivas del Estado. (Foto: Leo Álvarez)
A protestor faces off against government forces. (/Leo Álvarez)

 

Manifestante esgrime una bandera frente a represión del régimen chavista. (Foto: Leo Álvarez)
A protester raises the Venezuelan flag in front of the regime’s forces. (/Leo Álvarez)

 

Manifestantes se protegen de la represión con escudos. (Foto: Leo Álvarez)
Protesters use shields for protection. (/Leo Álvarez)

 

Henrique Capriles es afectado por represión de las fuerzas del régimen chavista. (Foto: Leo Álvarez)
Opposition leader Henrique Capriles suffers the effects of tear gas. (/Leo Álvarez)

 

 

Orlando Avendaño Orlando Avendaño

Orlando Avendaño is a PanAm Post intern who resides in Caracas, Venezuela, where he studies social communication at Andrés Bello Catholic University. Follow @OrlvndoA.