Yesterday, Venezuela celebrated Labor Day with marches carried out by members of the Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PSUV) and opposition members, which exchanged accusations about what happened in the election process, and about the confrontation occurred in the National Assembly last Tuesday.
Nicolas Maduro, president of the country, marched along with Chavez’ supporters in western Caracas, while opposition leader Henrique Capriles, led the mobilization with his followers in the east.
One of the most discussed topics was the 20% increase in Venezuelan basic salary, which was decreed by Nicolas Maduro, who also signed the regulation of a controversial labor law driven by his mentor, the late Hugo Chavez, which reduces work time to 40 hours a week.
Meanwhile, Capriles, governor of Miranda, criticized the increase as “insufficient” in solving one of the major inflation of the world and a strongly devalued currency, while denouncing threats of dismissal in the administration over political reasons.
As for the incident in the National Assembly of Venezuela, Maduro stands up for what has happened and ensure that “they began to attack Diosdado Cabello (National Assembly president) first, who stood there, calm, imperturbable, they were about to attack him and then a “sampablera” (fight) started”. Likewise, the president said he will submit videos later to show the “absolute truth”.
On the other hand, the Venezuelan opposition said at least eight of its legislators were injured in the ruling “ambush”, one of them was hospitalized over severe bruising, while the “chavismo” says they responded to a provocation and that also three of their deputies were injured during the fray.
“The whole world, over money or politic matters, cannot keep ignoring what is happening in Venezuela!” Said Congress woman Maria Corina Machado, with her nose still bruised and wearing a collar, while accused Diosdado Cabello, of laughing with joy rather than trying to stop the fight.