CARACAS – The Venezuelan opposition held on Thursday demonstrations overnight in eastern Caracas, where six of the 94 victims were killed during anti-government protests that have been ongoing for more than 100 days.
Convened by the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), a coalition of parties opposing President Nicolas Maduro’s government, dozens of demonstrators marched across at least six locations in the municipalities of Chacao and Baruta.
Protestors sang songs and offered flowers and candles as they paid tribute to the six victims: Juan Pernalete, Fabian Urbina, Miguel Castillo, Armando Cañizales, David Vallenilla and Neomar Lander.
The six were part of “the resistance,” a group of young people who have fought security forces with bombs, pyrotechnics, stones and shields when anti-government marches were blocked.
At the start of the march, fugitive police officer Oscar Perez, who stole a helicopter and fired on government buildings on June 28, made his first public appearance since the incident.
The government has accused him of terrorism.
Protests against Maduro began on April 1 when the Supreme Court, accused of favoring the Maduro government, ruled that the functions of the opposition-led parliament would be transferred to the judiciary as lawmakers remained in contempt of its past rulings.
This decision stripped MPs of immunity, as judges claimed parliament was not carrying out its duties, although this ruling was partially revoked shortly afterwards following widespread criticism.