As there is absolutely no way of sleeping tonight, all I can do is write. Write to the world about what is happening in Venezuela right outside our windows as I type these words. It has been a hard night for Venezuela and the uncertainty of tomorrow is what keeps us up. Let me tell you what has been happening the last week here in Venezuela.
I have hardly left my home because there is no way of knowing what will happen out on the street. People are being shot, hurt or captured. For what? For protesting! It all started with the student protest last Wednesday (February 12th #F12). The students were protesting against the government because of insecurity, inflation, the lack of food and the limited freedom of press. These demonstrations happened in all major cities in Venezuela, not just Caracas as the news portrait it. Unfortunately these demonstrations escalated and became violent. Who is to blame? All I know is that it is the National Guard who has the guns. Three people got killed while several others ended up in the hospital or prison.
The following days were somewhat calmer even though students kept protesting in the streets. What is happening right now is anything else than calm. Tuesday (February 18th #F18) opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez handed him self in to the police after marching together with thousands of students dressed in white to mark that they are walking in peace. This happened in Caracas, but people were protesting in the other cities all over Venezuela. People feared this day would become violent, and so it did.
I was at home like my friends had told me to be. Two of my friends came over to keep me company. There was no food in the house so they went out to get something at Sambil (the mall) but came back rather fast as there was a “burning wall” close to my house and everything was closed. We had to stay inside and tried to keep updated on twitter what was happening. We heard bangs and booms from outside the window; people yelling and hammering their cooking pans as sign of demonstration. My friend’s dad called telling us that a lot of the city was on fire, streets were blocked and he could hardly get home. This was in Barquisimeto. In other cities the situation is even worse.
We woke up today (19th of February #F19) and decided to go out and get basic groceries just because there is no way of knowing when things will close down. During the day we read that many streets were getting blocked around the city. Internet is the only way of getting information and according to photos friends posts on Facebook things are getting really messy out on the streets.
Streets are on fire, the National Guard is getting into apartment buildings, two more people have been killed and people are witnessing shootings outside their homes. People are scared, people are angry and people are sad. The uncertainty of tomorrow is unbearable. Rumor has it that the Government has closed down Internet in Tachira (San Cristobal) and we cannot know if this will happen here too. My friend’s sister cannot get from Valencia to Barquisimeto because it is too dangerous. Friends are sending movies of shootings outside their window. And who are shooting? Who has the guns?
SOS VENEZUELA! #PrayForVenezuela #ResistenciaVzla #SOSVenezuela