More than 1,500 indigenous people walking from south-eastern Amazonas state to Caracas to take part in an opposition rally called “Takeover of Caracas” were stopped at the Burro-Puerto Páez passage in south-western Apure state.
One of the travelers, Connie González, told El Universal that a taskforce of the National Guard prevented them from taking a barge to cross the Orinoco River.
She claimed that regional government authorities have asked the military officers to let them continue moving.
Amazonas state governor Liborio Guarulla joined the long walk that began last Wednesday to travel 435 miles from Amazonas state to Caracas, where they are to “demand a date to be set for collection of the signatures of 20% of registered voters, the date for a recall vote (against President Nicolás Maduro), and the release of political prisoners.” Further, they are to demand the restoration of a number of opposition deputies for Amazonas state who were prevented from taking office in the National Assembly.
Originally published on El Universal