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Caridad: If I had the chance to choose what my next life would be like, I’d like to be water. If I had the chance to eliminate a worst aspect of the world I would erase fear. Of all the human feelings I most like I prefer friendship. I was born in the year of the first Congress of the Cuban Communist Party, the day that Gay Pride is celebrated around the world. I no longer live on the east side of Havana; I’m trying to make a go of it in Caracas, and I continue to defend my right to do what I want and not what society expects of me.

Venezuelan Retirees and Pensioners Protest

March 30, 2017 | Print Print |

Photo Feature by Caridad

Maduro, I worked for 30 years. You didn’t give me anything. Bonus Now!

 

HAVANA TIMES – For the second consecutive day, and this time not only in Caracas, also in several states of Venezuela, retirees and pensioners hit the streets to demand their right to life.

Without fear, because they were already repressed yesterday, they organized again around the Central Bank of Venezuela to bring to the Supreme Court of Justice their demand: to implement the Law on the Bonus for Medicines and Food for retirees, approved by The National Assembly in 2016.

“Angry grandparents demand their rights” was one of the slogans that led them to the Supreme Court, which declared the law constitutional, but would only be paid depending on economic availability.

While the president buys planes, arms, grants million dollar loans to private companies (the same ones he accuses of the economic war), and continues to pay international debts; the retirees and pensioners of the country, barely receive 40 thousand bolivars monthly, when the cost of a drug for blood pressure is 41 thousand bolivars. (The bolivar currently trades on the street at over 3,000 to one USD)

Those who marched today have nothing to lose, they are not afraid, they no longer have time to wait for the president to give more importance to their lives than to the political differences with the National Assembly.

But does the National Assembly really exist? Well, that’s another story.

 

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