CARACAS – Thousands of Venezuelan opposition supporters, taking a stance against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, paid tribute on Wednesday to the victims killed during the protests, lighting candles on the streets and praying for two hours.
In Caracas, the opposition gathered in two parts of the city, one in the east and another in the west, where opposition leaders gave speeches encouraging the people to lose their fear and keep pressuring the government on the streets through protests, in spite of the authorities’ repression.
Participants also prayed and sang Venezuela’s national anthem, as well as some other traditional songs of the country.
From the eastern part of the capital, the president of the opposition majority National Assembly Julio Borges urged people to continue fighting “no matter what it takes.”
“The time is right to peacefully achieve an electoral solution in the country. Will it be a day, a week, or a month? We don’t know how long it is, but we must keep going until we absolutely achieve the democratic solution,” Borges told the media.
The gathering in “honor to the fallen” was also held in other places of the country, such as in the western states of Tachira and Zulia, and in the central state of Carabobo.
President Maduro criticized the demonstration and compared it to “the torch rallies” of Nazi Germany, while protesters denounced that Maduro’s criticism was “out of context.”
These night events will be a “new stage” for opposition demonstrations, the vice-president of the National Assembly Freddy Guevara said.
This gathering is part of the ongoing agenda of opposition protests which have shaken the country for a month and a half, some have turned into violent confrontations with security forces, leading to a least 44 deaths, in addition to hundreds of people who were injured or arrested.