INTRODUCTION: In Venezuela a strike call went out on Wednesday (26 January) to students throughout the country in protest over the Government's education policies.
INTRODUCTION: In Venezuela a strike call went out on Wednesday (26 January) to students throughout the country in protest over the Government's education policies. The day was called the Day of Denunciation.
SYNOPSIS: Delegations were sent to the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas. The protest was also over the recent death of two young men in police custody. Student Federation President Freddy Valera outlined the student's complaints. Student organizations strongly condemn the Government's approach to educational reform and claim that 43,000 students cannot find a place at university.
The day of protest also concerned the right of workers to strike, and the defence of democratic liberties.
The student's strike was considerably aggravated by the death of Javier Divasson and Jorge Rodriguez. Divasson was a student of electronic engineering in Caracas who died in Custody following his arrest at a recent demonstration. Fellow students say the Government is pretending he committed suicide, but maintain he was a victim of oppression. Rodriguez, who was Secretary of the Venezuelan Socialist League, died a few months earlier, also in police detention. He had been arrested last July in connection with the kidnapping of U.S. businessman William Niehous. Four policemen were later detained over Rodriguez's death.