Archive for March 6th, 2004

Pictures from a sunny and peaceful march

March 6, 2004

From our anthem: Down with the chains, out with the opressor        Free political prisoners

Gas mask couple, they were ready      This lady had a copy of her signature and form and shouted during the speeches


Maid at funeral home, got her flag out                              Don’t kill me Nazi Onal Guard

Back of the march and front from where all the violence took place last Friday

Attorney General:Who shot them?                         Elinor Montes addresses the crowd

Pompeyo Marquez from afar                      Pompeyo up close

Panties alusive to the cowardice of the National Guard and Army Let’s count votes, not deaths

Even statues had flags


Peaceful march

March 6, 2004

Thanks God it was a peaceful mach today. Why was it peaceful? Simple, there was no National Guard or military out in the streets which goes to prove who is violent between the two opposing groups. Huge, absolutely huge march today. Despite the fears, the threats, people went out in huge numbers. In fact, I was surpried at the number of kids present, as well as the number of people in wheelchairs.

There were five marches. I was in one, the same as my brother. I listened to speeches for about an hour and a half, when they were over I starting going back. After about 45 minutes I met him walking in the march that was still arriving. To give you an idea of why people should fear I will post later in the pictures section some photos taken from the same bridge that the National Guard repressed us from last week. Even my mother marched, she is close to 80, but she felt se had to even if just a little bit.

Speeches were good, lots of emotions. There was one of the injured, one of the jailed, one of the tortured (the one whose arms were buenred in a picture below. Then there was fiery Andres Vesaquez, giving his usual good speech. Then new found hero, Elinor Montes, the lady that challenged the National Guard last week. But the best was 80 year old MAS (Movimiento al Socialismo) leader Pompeyo Marquez. He told us about the people shot and killed in the past, how this is much more repressive than anything he ever saw and he said, “We were using real weapons against themilitary and we never saw anything like this”. He was great, very calm, using simple language to explain what we should expect going forward.

I have lots of pictures, I will add them to the pictures section so that this page is not so heavy. I will process them slowly (I am beat). In the meantime enjoy these two. On the left a styrofoam National Guard mock up tank, being driven by Elinor Montes. On the right Andres Velasqez from the Radical Cause party gives his usual fiery speech under the tower of the Caracas mosque. :

Off to the march to defend my signature

March 6, 2004

Off to the march, I leave you with two images from the last week. On the left,a guy simply holds his signup saying “I did sign”. On the right a heavily protected protesters kneels and holds up his hands in signs of peace. Meanwhile the police state is holding buses up at the entrances of Caracas and videotaping the face of the people that have flags and signs. A new type of repression has just begun in Venezuela