Today, Friday, May 12th, hundreds of elderly protesters joined the “democratic resistance” and marched towards the Ombudsman’s Office in rejection of the National Constituent Assembly summoned by dictator Nicolas Maduro.
The mobilization known as the “grandparents march” is part of a series of protests against the Venezuelan government that have been continuing for over 42 days after the coup d’état undertaken by the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) in which it usurped the functions of the National Assembly.
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The march will be held in Caracas from the Plaza Brion in Chacaito, but will be replicated in several cities all over the country’s heartland, such as Carabobo, Zulia and Delta Amacuro.
— Voluntad Popular (@VoluntadPopular) May 12, 2017
Tweet: Today #12M grandparents will take the streets for Venezuela’s future #ForOurGrandchildren. See you 10AM. Let’s go to the Ombudsman’s Office!
“Grandparents” will be in charge of the mobilization under the slogan “for our grandchildren”, who march on despite repression by the regime that has left 39 dead, hundreds injured and more than 2,000 detainees.
This is how the “grandparents march” is developing
Elderly opposition members mobilized to march and reject the dictatorial regime’s Constituent Assembly. They want freedom.
— Unidad Venezuela (@unidadvenezuela) May 12, 2017
Tweet: #NOW Elderly people mobilized and marching #ForOurGrandchildrenGrandparents in rejection of Maduro’s Constituency, they want freedom.
The marchers in Barquisimeto are unstoppable, not even rain can stop them from continuing their march in pursuit of a better future for their grandchildren.
— Angélica Velásquez (@Angelicaive) May 12, 2017
Slogan of the day: “We want Losartan (pills for high blood pressure)!” The grandparents present assured that the Ombudsman fears them, after an encounter with another GNB and PNB barricade.
— Reporte Ya (@ReporteYa) May 12, 2017
No matter their limitations, grandparents came out to march for a better country.
— #UCENoticias (@Informacion_Uce) May 12, 2017
In Tachira, the grandparents march flooded the streets.
— Jesús Lizardo (@lizardo_jesus) May 12, 2017
Tweet: TACHIRA: GRANDPARENTS FOR FREEDOM march and overflow the streets in San Cristobal.
This is how the march in Caracas is developing.
— Analítica (@Analitica) May 12, 2017
Tweet: Grandparents who support the opposition crossed police control points and continue to march along Libertador avenue, 11:55am #12May.
The grandparents along with the rest of the Venezuelan opposition are marching along Libertador avenue in spite of the regime’s repression.
The chief of the Bolivarian National Police decided to accompany the grandparents in the opposition march. Opposition members appreciate the officers’ support.
The regime started repressing the elderly by spraying tear gas.
In the early morning, Caracas’ inhabitants woke up with the surprise of having the city’s main road (Francisco Fajardo highway) blocked. The area was the meeting point for the grandparents’ march.
EspañolOne of the main streets in Venezuela's capital was blocked to traffic, which critics said was a desperate attempt to quell protests. This Friday, May 12, roadblocks went up on the Francisco Fajardo motorway at the exits of Bello Monte and Rio de Janeiro Avenue. The blockades were placed there overnight, paralyzing all commercial activity and other transportation for the city, which has six million residents. Read more: Economic Collapse Looms, and Venezuela’s Opposition Has No Time to Lose Many reasons have been put forward as to why officials may have installed them. 1. To prevent opposition protesters from reaching both Fajardo (where repression against them usually begins) and important government buildings. 2. To cut off a main throughway that protesters use to escape repression. 3. The prevent protesters from using the bridges nearby as a protection against tear gas. 4. As an alternate mode of repression that gives the National Guard some rest after nearly 40 straight days of straight protests. An unnamed source said a minister ordered the placement of the barricades, as well as their ultimate removal following intense criticism and mockery. Cranes are already removing the metal structures from the freeway. Read more: Food Riots Shut Down Venezuelan City as Police Join Rampage Governor of Miranda and opposition leader Henrique Capriles commented on the decision: https://twitter.com/hcapriles/status/863040885549936641 Tweet: After exposing how ridiculous they are, Maduro's narco-corrupt regime ordered to remove the containers. These are not the first roads that the government has blocked. In fact, the area of Chacaito where many opposition members will gather to start a "grandparents march" to the Ombudsman Office this Friday has also been blocked. https://twitter.com/ranitalios/status/863037762945110016 Tweet: At this moment a huge crane is removing the containers that are blocking Las Mercedes.