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PHOTOS: Protests Continue Across Venezuela
Written by Adriana Gutiérrez · Translated by Jen Fumero On 16 February 2014 @ 21:16 pm | 6 Comments
In Citizen Media, Feature, Latin America, Photos, Protest, Spanish, Venezuela, Weblog, Youth
In various Venezuelan cities the demonstrations led and organized mostly by students have not ceased. Protesters are demanding the release of students arrested by Venezuelan security forces. They have received the support of a group of citizens and opposition leaders, who also demand solutions to many socio-economic problems affecting the population.
Since early February the capitals of some Andean states in the country  [es] have been the epicenter of student demonstrations which, at the beginning, called for more security in universities. Additionally, national political personalities were promoting street assemblies [es], also known as #LaSalida (the exit), aiming to “promote debate and dialogue to attain a democratic exit to some of the problems affecting our nation”.
By February 12, these political leaders decided to convene a national day of protests, enlisting the support of thousands of students and citizens across the country. The consequences of that day  have led to extending the popular demonstrations. Cities across the country are joining the call to protest, even though many of these demonstrations have resulted in violent clashes between protesters and law enforcement.
Social networks, specially Twitter, have been flooded with photos documenting the protests in each region, taking the place of the regular mass media in Venezuela, which is going through a blackout due to the government's threats to fine media who cover the protests .
During Thursday's night, on February 13, user @yirli4ny_  shared an image of a 180-meter flag being hoisted in an important highway in Puerto Ordaz, in the Guayana region:
— YIRLIANY (@yirli4ny_) February 13, 2014 
What a picture!
Journalist Mariángela González in Barquisimeto, in the Lara state, captured a demonstration organized by medical students from the Universidad Centroccidental Lisandro Alvarado (UCLA), the main university in this region:
— Mariángela González (@ma_guita) February 13, 2014 
“People: listen, join the fight” 5:08 pm 13/02
In Barcelona, Anzoátegui state, Gabriel Bastidas reported student demonstrations blocking some important avenues of the city in the early afternoon on Friday, February, 14:
— Gabriel Bastidas (@Gbastidas) February 14, 2014 
3:08 pm, students demonstrate forming an SOS. The Intercomunal Avenue is blocked.
In Maracay, the capital city of Aragua state, Mare informed about the call that spreads until the night in that city:
— Mare (@Marelight) February 15, 2014 
In unison: mom, dad, support your child in this fight. 7.07 pm.
Young Venezuelans have also remained very active in Valencia, Carabobo state, as Angel Morales reported:
— Angel Morales (@ChenchoUJAP) February 14, 2014 
Students in the Bolívar Avenue walking to the Bolivar Square
According to an image published by José Meza (@josegremeza ), in Maracaibo students were demanding a dialogue with police officers who arrived at the square where they were protesting:
— Jose Meza (@josegremeza) February 14, 2014 
Police overreacting in De la República square, young people force them to dialogue. 5:00 pm.
Among the reasons behind these protests are insecurity and violence , which have claimed the lives of thousands of Venezuelans. This is depicted in many banners in Mérida, as documented by Sonia Camacho:
— ̣̣ Sonia Camacho H. (@mujeresdenegro) February 15, 2014 
a touching banner! [Banner reads: "I fight for my niece's future; criminals in Venezuela took her father away from her."
And in San Cristóbal, capital city of Táchira state, the clash between university students and the Venezuela National Guard forces still continue. Moreover, citizens from this city came out of their homes to support protesting students who were sheltered in the Universidad Nacional Experimental del Táchira (UNET) headquarters. Zuleik Meneses thanks them for this:
— Zuleik Meneses Gómez (@ZuleMG) February 14, 2014 
Thanks to the citizens for their support in the UNET
Finally, El Periodista Cívico  [es] (The Civic journal) has been curating information about the national demonstrations, highlighting regular updates about protesters who are under arrest in various Venezuelan regions.
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URLs in this post:
 the capitals of some Andean states in the country: http://es.globalvoicesonline.org/2014/02/13/venezuela-protestas-estudiantiles-se-extienden-en-los-estados-occidentales/
 street assemblies : http://www.analitica.com/va/sintesis/nacionales/1911970.asp
 The consequences of that day: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/02/13/day-of-protests-in-venezuela-leaves-three-dead-and-censorship-in-the-media/
 the government's threats to fine media who cover the protests: http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/2014/02/12/venezuela-electronic-media-are-threatened-with-fines-for-covering-protests/
 @yirli4ny_: https://twitter.com/yirli4ny_
 #PZO: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23PZO&src=hash
 pic.twitter.com/TwM1tJD9cG: http://t.co/TwM1tJD9cG
 February 13, 2014: https://twitter.com/yirli4ny_/statuses/434112186982490112
 #Lara: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Lara&src=hash
 #Barquisimeto: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Barquisimeto&src=hash
 #share: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23share&src=hash
 pic.twitter.com/Pt5ahewkv5: http://t.co/Pt5ahewkv5
 February 13, 2014: https://twitter.com/ma_guita/statuses/434089532750069761
 #Anzoategui: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Anzoategui&src=hash
 pic.twitter.com/Btk25ZDshB: http://t.co/Btk25ZDshB
 February 14, 2014: https://twitter.com/Gbastidas/statuses/434411946142871552
 #Estudiantes: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Estudiantes&src=hash
 #Maracay: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Maracay&src=hash
 #Venezuela: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Venezuela&src=hash
 pic.twitter.com/H0Pip07GKO: http://t.co/H0Pip07GKO
 February 15, 2014: https://twitter.com/Marelight/statuses/434479975610478593
 #Valencia: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Valencia&src=hash
 #Carabobo: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Carabobo&src=hash
 pic.twitter.com/iwjosQ6p35: http://t.co/iwjosQ6p35
 February 14, 2014: https://twitter.com/ChenchoUJAP/statuses/434365136216678401
 @josegremeza: https://twitter.com/josegremeza
 #plazadelarepublica: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23plazadelarepublica&src=hash
 #desplieguepolicial: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23desplieguepolicial&src=hash
 #maracaibo: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23maracaibo&src=hash
 pic.twitter.com/66ky08OSNk: http://t.co/66ky08OSNk
 February 14, 2014: https://twitter.com/josegremeza/statuses/434458700271865856
 insecurity and violence: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/01/13/murder-of-former-miss-venezuela-reignites-discussion-about-violent-crime/
 #Merida: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Merida&src=hash
 pic.twitter.com/J17QjZScaQ: http://t.co/J17QjZScaQ
 February 15, 2014: https://twitter.com/mujeresdenegro/statuses/434526700526125056
 #Unet: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Unet&src=hash
 pic.twitter.com/pVIKfljELz: http://t.co/pVIKfljELz
 February 14, 2014: https://twitter.com/ZuleMG/statuses/434425211208085504
 El Periodista Cívico: http://elperiodistacivico.com/
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