The Guardian, April 19: ‘Deaths and injuries reported amid ‘mother of all marches’ in Venezuela, 17-year old boy was fatally shot in Caracas, a woman was killed in gunfire during a rally in the Andean state of Tachira and one legislator had to be hospitalised’
”Fears of bloodshed had been stoked after Nicolás Maduro put troops on the streets, supplied guns to sympathetic civil militias and called for a simultaneous rally of his supporters against what he said was a United States-backed coup.
State TV images showed thousands of red-shirted government loyalists on the rival march “to defend the homeland”.
But their numbers were far exceeded by the vast throng that gathered in the Baruta district to express their anger and frustration at an administration that has led the country with the planet’s biggest oil supplies into the world’s deepest economic recession.”
Their 33 second video claims that ‘tens of thousands took to the street…”
“Many targeted the Venezuelan president, who is blamed for high inflation and the chronic shortages of food, medicine and other basic goods. The chant “Esta es la ruta para salir del hijueputa” (“This is the way to oust the son of a bitch”) echoed repeatedly around the downtown district.”…and so on.
From RT, April 19; the journalists were a little bit more even-handed:
“The ‘mother of all marches’ is underway in Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, to protest President Nicolas Maduro, as demonstrators call for his resignation amid the country’s ongoing economic crisis. One person has reportedly been killed in the protests.
The massive rally is the culmination of weeks of violent demonstrations that left five people dead and resulted in clashes between anti-government demonstrators and security forces.” [snip]
“Maduro said the US government has simply given the green light for a coup in Venezuela.
A young man was reportedly shot at the rally and taken to the hospital, according to a member of the center-right Primero Justicia party, Jorge Millan. According to security sources cited by Reuters, the student died as a result of a shot to the head.”
Here’s the video they showed:
“Wednesday’s rally was organized by the opposition coalition – the Democratic Unity Roundtable. Despite calls for the military to turn on the president, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez has pledged the army’s loyalty to Maduro.
The US House Foreign Affairs Committee has tweeted a warning to the Venezuelan government, saying it must respect the people’s right to protest.”
(click for stand-alone to see the vicious attacks below)
But let’s go look at #HandsOffVenezuela on Twitter just for fun (backwards in time, sorry):
and for a second time from March: