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Venezuela’s 2023 Protests: Worker-Led, Demanding Decent Income and Human Rights

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Venezuela’s 2023 Protests: Worker-Led, Demanding Decent Income and Human Rights

A total of 6,956 protests were registered in Venezuela during 2023, a reduction of 1.08% compared to 2022, when 7,032 demonstrations were counted, according to the annual report of the non-governmental organization Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conflict (OVCS), released this Friday.

According to the NGO, there were 5,583 protests for economic, social, cultural, and environmental rights, while the remaining 1,373 were for civil and political rights; and of the total, 118 were repressed by the security forces.

For the third consecutive year, the workers led the demonstrations in the country, in which they demanded “decent” income to satisfy their needs, given a minimum wage that has remained, since March 2022, at 130 bolivars, today 3.5 dollars per month, while basic food expenses exceed $100 per month per person, according to independent calculations.

The organization documented 4,100 worker demonstrations, 28% more than in 2022, when there were 3,185 labor protests.

“The minimum wage income of the Venezuelan worker is precarious and insufficient to achieve access to adequate housing, food, and care for the physical and mental health of families. In short, to have a decent life,” the observatory said.

The employees also demanded respect for the right to free association and peaceful demonstration, “without receiving threats, intimidation or arrests for going out to protest.”

In the document, the OVCS noted that there were mobilizations to denounce “arbitrary detentions and judicial proceedings against organizations and people who defend human rights and carry out humanitarian actions.”

Likewise, opponents demanded the permanent activation of the electoral registry and the lifting of political disqualifications, among them the one that weighs on the candidate of the main anti-Chavista coalition for this year’s presidential elections, María Corina Machado, a measure that prevents her from competing in elections until 2036. and which was recently ratified by the Supreme Court.

On the other hand, the NGO indicated that the official sector mobilized to reject the war in Gaza and to support the unilateral referendum of December 3, in which the majority approved annexing an area in dispute with Guyana, which is still controlled by Georgetown.

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(c) EFE Agency

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