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Venezuelan Opposition Marches Towards ‘Bastion of Chavismo’: Minute-by-minute Live Blog

By: PanAm Post Staff - Apr 26, 2017, 11:28 am

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Tensions rise in Venezuela.

In Caracas, the opposition marches Wednesday towards the government building housing the office of the Ombudsman in the city center–an area known as the “bastion of Chavismo.” The rest of the country joins the protest to continue demanding an end to the dictatorship.

The government also issued a call to its “revolutionary” supporters to march to to the presidential palace of Miraflores. Government calls to action have previously resulted in armed chavista paramilitary groups attacking opposition protesters, a clash that has left 26 dead over the past few weeks.

As the country takes to the streets on Wednesday, the Organization of American States (OAS) will convene a meeting of foreign ministers to discuss the crisis. The meeting comes after 14 member states called on President Nicolas Maduro to restore the country’s democracy.

Live updates

7:02pm: Reports of strong repression in the city of Valencia.

6:57: The National Press Workers Union confirm that reporters were also wounded by tear gas bombs.

6:55pm: In one week, two young men have been fatally wounded by tear gas bombs.

6:38pm: As Venezuelan citizens suffer from repression on the streets, Venezuelan minister Delcy Rodriguez announces the country will begin the process to leave the Organization of American States (OAS.)

6:27pm: Opposition announces protest for 1st of May, Worker’s Day.

6:23pm: For this Friday, April 28th, the opposition is planning a protest for the freedom of political prisoners.

6:14pm: Opposition congressman Julio Borges during press conference: “Today has brought a with it the loss of three Venezuelan lives at the hand of the repression and violence”.

6:10pm: Opposition leaders call for more protests tomorrow, Thursday, April 27th.

6:09pm: Emotional testimony by paramedic who tried to help young victim Juan Pablo Pernalete Llovera

5:49pm: Tarek William Saab reitirates that he will not declare “gross misconduct” by the magistrates who have declared an auto-coup.

5:41pm: The repression continues in Altamira, Caracas

5:37pm: The CICPC (Scientific Police) retrieves Juan Pablo Pernalete Llovera, young man killed in today’s protests, from the Salud Chacao health center.

5:31pm: While the streets of Caracas fill with teargas bombs and violent repression, the OAS approves the Meeting of Consultation of Foreign Ministers on Situation in Venezuela with 19 votes for and 4 absent.

5:29pm: Strong repression in Las Mercedes, Caracas

5:14pm: Officials from the scientific police (CICPC) arrive at Salud Chacao health center, where protesters of the opposition march are being tended to.

5:10pm: Precise moment in which the National Bolivarian Guard represses the opposition protesters with teargas bombs.

5:02pm: Incredible video with congressman Luis Florido on how the GNB (Bolivarian National Guard) shoots teargas bombs in vertical direction with complete disregard to its consequences.

4:56pm: Young man dead in Valencia after receiving rubber bullet shot.

4:50pm: Watch how Bolivarian National Police attack opposition protester and steal his belongings.

4:45pm: Wounded continue to arrive at Salud Chacao health center after violent repression by the Maduro regime.

4:43pm: It’s “raining” teargas bombs in Caracas

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4:41pm: Shocking video of brutal repression from the Maduro regime against opposition protests.

4:20pm: Doctors attempted to resuscitate Pernalete Llovera for over forty minutes, but were unsuccessful. Opposition leaders begin to express their reactions towards the loss of another victim of the dictatorship.

4:11pm: A new victim of the dictatorship. Juan Pablo Pernalete Llovera, 20 years old, has been reported to arrive with no vital signs.

4:04pm: Henrique Capriles shows how the protests advance, in a peaceful way, before the Maduro regime would start to use violent forces against them.

4:00pm: In Las Mercedes neighborhood and in the Francisco Fajardo highway the repression is intensifying.


3:53pm: 
Congressman Jose Brito denounces that in the Rosal neighborhood the protests are being repressed.

3:40pm: In Altamira, the Bolivarian National Guard continues to repress the protesters.

3:33pm: Ramon Muchacho, mayor of Chacao, confirms person was admitted into health center due to blow from tear gas bomb. Additionally, he confirmed the bomb found at the Lido mall was a fragmentary grenade.

3:28pm: Mother whose child was affected by the repression from the government confronts military.

3:20pm: Two cameramen and a journalist from Tachira Television were hurt while covering the protests. Simon Rodriguez, from CNN, was also hurt in the leg.

3:16pm: Moment in which Lilian Tintori and her team, with arms held up high and peacefully. The protests start up again and are attacked by the authorities with tear gas bombs.

3:07pm: Students were evacuated from San Pedro school in Caracas, due to the spread of tear gas into the facilities.

3:03pm: Maria Corina Machado denounces the brutal repression protesters are getting. Despite the violence thrust upon them, they maintain strong in order to topple the dictatorship.

2:57pm: One of our journalists informs us on developments going on in Valencia, where there are smaller crowds, but enough to maintain roads blocked.

2:53pm: More injured journalists. Gregory Jaimes, from Caraota Digital, was injured in the leg by a bomb.

2:49: In Chacao, the opposition protests are also being violently repressed.

2:46pm: Protests are being ambushed in different parts of Caracas, as it is exemplified by this video of an attack in the neighborhood of El Rosal.

2:43pm: A grenade is found on the steps of the Centro Comercial Lido mall in Chacao, Caracas.

2:38pm: Despite being affected by the repression from the National Bolivarian Guard and National Bolivarian Police, the president of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Julio Borges, continues his march towards the Ministry of Defense.

2:35pm: After arguing with the soldier who took her phone, Maria Corina Machado was able to recover it.

2:29pm: The Bolivarian National Guard is acting violently against journalists covering the protests.

2:23pm: Maria Corina Machado’s phone stolen. Periscope streams have been blocked.

2:21pm: At this moment, the protest at the Francisco Fajardo highway, where opposition leader Henrique Capriles is, is being attacked with teargas bombs.

2:17pm: Ayatola Nuñez, journalist for El Nacional, received blow to the head with bomb. He has since then been transferred to a hospital.

2:14pm: Opposition leaders in danger. Venezuelan dictatorship blocked internet access in different parts of the country to avoid allowing the international community to see the repression going on during the protests.

2:10pm: Reports of military repression in several areas of  protests in Caracas.

2:06pm: Reports of  Internet outages in different parts of the country with different providers. It seems to be an intentional information blackout.

2:00pm: Opposition leader Maria Corina Machado films protesters running away from tear gas, water guns and tanks coming towards them in full force on the highway.

Her phone is taken away from her as she films government vehicles coming towards protesters.

1:51pm: National Assembly members and protesters are denied access to Ombudsman and stage a sit-in.

1:42pm: Lilian Tintori films strong repression against protesters.

1:40pm: National Guards and National Police advance towards protesters with tanks and tear gas.

1:28pm: Students protesting on the streets of Margarita Island head towards Ombudsman’s office.

1:19pm: National Assembly Speaker, Henry Ramos Allup, attempts persuade the National Police to let some assembly members into the Ombudsman’s office to submit a document with official complaints.

1:18pm: National Guard starts throwing tear gas bombs at protesters on the highway.

1:16pm: Caracas’ main highway flooded with people marching towards Ombudsman’s office.

1:05pm: Protesters stage  an improvised sit-in as tear gas bombs impede their path in Los Chaguaramos, Caracas.

12:55pm: Crowds continue to grow in the Francisco Fajardo highway in Caracas headed to Ombudsman’s office.

12:46pm: Lilian Tintori, wife of imprisoned opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, reports on Periscope tear gas bombs drop in an area with school kids. She asks the Ombudsman, Tarek Williams, and Nicolas Maduro: “Did you give the order to shoot at us?”

12:38pm: Protesters reach El Helicoide, the headquarters of Nicolas Maduro’s political police.

12:23pm: Opposition protest moves towards the Francisco Fajardo highway in Caracas.

12:18pm: In Tachira, the National Guard blocks protesters from reaching electoral council building.

12:09pm: Protesters starting to march from El Paraiso, in the west of Caracas, also headed to Ombudsman’s office.

12:03pm: Opposition protest from Santa Monica starts march towards Ombudsman’s office in Caracas.

11:51am: The march gains momentum in the western state of Zulia.

11:45am: The protest in Margarita Island heads towards Ombudsman’s Office there.

11:43am: Catholic nuns call to pray for Venezuela and for humanitarian aid.

11:35am: Despite earlier repression from tear gas bombs, protesters continue to gather in Santa Monica, Caracas.

11:27am: Government supporters also on the streets today but only in Caracas. They will walk to the Presidential Palace–a destination the opposition is not allowed to reach.

11:26am: National Guard blockade impedes protesters in Valencia from reaching Ombudsman’s office.

11:19am: In Barquisimeto, a city four hours west of Caracas, opposition protesters are gathered at Plaza de la Justicia.

11:02am: Protesters in the state of Bolivar arrive at the Ombudsman’s office.

10:52am: National Guard continues to use tear gas bombs against protesters.

 

10:37am: Reports of National Guards using tear gas bombs in Santa Monica, Caracas, as protesters began to gather.

10:19am: The march begins in in Zulia towards the Ombudsman’s office in the state.

 

10:11am: The opposition protest begins in the city of Valencia.

 

9:52am: Police block the streets that lead to national council building in the western state of Tachira.