In September, there were an average of 40 demonstrations a day, according to an NGO registry. Fuel shortage, the main claim.
The fuel shortage made September the month with the most protests in Venezuela so far this year, because during those 30 days there were 1,193, reported this Friday the NGO Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conflict (OVCS).
This figure represents an average of 40 daily protests and an increase of 68% compared to the same month of 2019, details the report.
According to the NGO data, 90% of the protests were motivated by the rejection of the collapse of basic services, labor demands, health and food, as well as the shortage of fuel, the initial reason for many of the protests in a large part of Venezuela.
With 404 protests, the naphtha crisis was the main motivation of the protests during the month, to which is added the precarious situation with electricity, drinking water and domestic gas, which deepen the loss of quality of life of Venezuelans, added the observatory.
Labor protests ranked second, with an average of nine daily demonstrations by workers demanding a decent wage to cover basic needs.
Currently, the minimum wage in Venezuela is 400,000 bolivars, which is less than a dollar, which is barely enough to buy a kilo of rice.
The Finance and Economic Development Commission of the Venezuelan Parliament this Thursday estimated the monthly amount needed to purchase the food basket at $ 211.
In the opinion of the OVCS, the social conflicts “reveal the profound complex humanitarian emergency that all Venezuelans are going through, although in a more dramatic and acute way those who live in the interior of the country.”
In fact, as they explain, the inhabitants of the regions, in towns and villages, “were the main protagonists of spontaneous demonstrations, taking to the streets to demand social rights despite the risk of contracting Covid-19 and the policy of repression” of the government of Nicolás Maduro.
For this reason, during September the protests in rural areas were highlighted in which Chavismo was the majority until a few years ago “and which are currently under conditions of social control,” underlines the NGO.
The central and coastal state of Anzoátegui led the index of protests with 112 demonstrations, followed by its neighbor Sucre (107), the insular Nueva Esparta (102) and the Amazonian Bolívar (94).
According to the OVCS, the popular and peaceful demonstrations in Venezuela “are responded to with a policy of repression that is characterized by the systematic violation of the human rights of the protesters,” through “the lethal use of force, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. arbitrary arrests and illegal searches “.
In September, 74 demonstrations repressed, obstructed or prevented in 19 states of the country, in which one person died, 233 were arrested and 52 were injured.
On September 30, amidst the spiral of protests in the regions, the OVCS and the Venezuelan Program for Education Action in Human Rights (Provea), denounced “the advance of the policy of repression implemented by the Venezuelan State against peaceful demonstrations “that was in the country.