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Transcript of #SOSVenezuela
Who is involved already?
What's been happening in Venezuela
Economic Strife in Venezuela
Chavez became president of Venezuela in 1999; during his presidency, crime rate increased by a factor of four
Murder rate now according to Venezuelan Violence Observatory (an organization without affiliation to the Venezuelan government): 79/100,000
Murder rate now according to the government: 39/100,000
5% of Venezuela's GDP is lost to crime
Shortage of Basic Goods
Shortage of Medical Supplies
Lopez turned himself in at the march on Tuesday, February 18
Venezuelan security forces transported him to the political prison, Ramo Verde
Underwent trial for terrorism and homicide charges that were dismissed
He is still in custody, accused of arson and conspiracy
Internet knocked out in San Cristobal by Maduro's government
16 deaths through today (confirmed by Reuters)
"Almost everything needed to mend and heal is in critically short supply: needles, syringes and paraffin used in biopsies to diagnose cancer; drugs to treat it; operating room equipment; X-ray film and imaging paper; blood and the reagents needed so it can be used for transfusions." - as reported by associated press
Protesters have been demonstrating every day since February 12
Over 712 arrested (48 still in custody)
3 US diplomats expelled from Venezuela in these past two weeks
Yesterday, 3 Venezuelan diplomats were expelled from the US
Student protesters create agenda
Maduro called for peace conference today
Spread the Word!
WM Students for Venezuela
Karina Brocco French