Fifty Venezuelans stationed at the foot of the Embassy of the Government of Nicolás Maduro in Quito, shouted slogans on Tuesday for the freedom of their country and in support of “Operation Freedom” led by Juan Guaidó, recognized as ruler by some fifty countries .
The demonstrators gathered outside the building where the consulate operates and where Maduro’s embassy operates in Ecuador, a country that has recognized Guaidó as interim president and has received the credentials of his ambassador, René de Sola.
To the question “what do we want?”, Shouted by some protesters, others responded “freedom” in a constant chorus interspersed with slogans against Maduro: “usurper”, “down”, “out, out” or ” this Government has already fallen ».
The Venezuelans followed live through their mobile the situation in Venezuela where at dawn Guaidó announced the launch of “Operation Libertad” to achieve “the definitive cessation of the usurpation” that considers Nicolás Maduro of the Presidency. NOW: Foreign Affairs of the Venezuelan Embassy in Quito, Ecuador. Venezuelans shout: “freedom”.
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Exteriores de la embajada de Venezuela en Quito, Ecuador. Venezolanos gritan: “libertad”. pic.twitter.com/ofVYA0FCUK
The president of the Venezuelan Civil Association in Ecuador, Daniel Regalado, told Efe that Guaidó is “making a call for freedom” and “uniting forces peacefully” and in concordance “with the Constitution of Venezuela”. Regalado is one of the Venezuelans who participated peacefully in the sit-in where, however, there were also crossings of words among the protesters, considering that among them were people who had previously supported Hugo Chávez.
«We can not keep disunited at this moment. Unity is strength at this time. Out of anarchy, “shouted an elderly Venezuelan with a cap in yellow, blue and red, and the stars of the Venezuela’s flag. While some shouted that they do not tolerate “chavistas disguised”, another remembered that it is “the moment of Venezuela, of unity”, and one more welcomed “the one who was a Chavista and is repentant (…) because to err is human and rectify , of wise men ».
Venezuelan Adelaida Morales, who lives in Ecuador three years ago, called for unity: “If it was a Chavista, it does not matter, the important thing is that we understand that this process has already passed and it has to die, that it is a failed government, It is an unsuccessful ideology, “he said. Morales joined the demonstrators because “today reborn hope” because Guaidó “is doing what he has to do step by step.”
“We come here to support all our Venezuelan brothers who are now going through so many needs, in a critical situation. We do not leave our country to disturb the peace, we left to survive, “he told Efe, while behind her, another Venezuelan woman held a sign:” Freedom is achieved with the effort of all ».
Jaiker Meza, a doctor from the state of Lara, northwest Venezuela, who lives two years ago in Ecuador, today missed his job to demonstrate in favor of freedom and to ask the Armed Forces of his country to understand that “they must be at side of the people who are suffering, begging for a mouthful of food, medicine ».
Ecuavisa News @EcuavisaInforma NOW | Venezuelan citizen supports # OperationLibertad from the outside of the embassy of #Venezuela in #Ecuador, north of #Quito, via @apifoto 187 10:42 – Apr 30 2019 106 people are talking about this Twitter Ads information and privacy «We have to leave, we have to support, we have to give everything, the only thing we have is a flag, a hat, it is our presence because we do not have anything else», said Meza wore a cap with the colors of Venezuela and a scarf with the name of his country.
With family watered by Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Germany and England, Meza expressed his hope that what happened today in Venezuela is the beginning of “the last step” so that the situation in your country changes and families can find each other again.
Although he said he understood the fear of the population to take to the streets to protest in Venezuela, he asked to turn that fear “into faith and hope that one day the light will come again for Venezuela.”
According to the images of the events in Venezuela, Meza said that people are already losing their fear because “if you are afraid of dying, you can still die in the hospital tomorrow because you do not have medicine”. Morales, 43 years old and educational psychologist by profession, also said that Venezuelans have lost their fear: “We know that dictatorships do not come out democratically,” said the woman who arrived with her young daughter to Ecuador, a country to which she is grateful for the welcome, but that will leave in case the situation in your country improves.
«I am really grateful to this people who have also been noble (…). It will also be painful to return to Venezuela, because you also leave friends here, people who have shaken hands from the beginning, “he said. According to calculations by the Foreign Ministry, one million Venezuelans have passed through Ecuador in recent years and around 250,000 have been left. (I)