- Title: Venezuelan doctors march against Maduro government
- Date: 22nd May 2017
- Summary: CARACAS, VENEZUELA (MAY 22, 2017) (REUTERS) VENEZUELAN DOCTORS AND HEALTH CARE WORKERS HOLDING BANNER AND CHANTING AT RALLY SAYING "WE ARE HERE FOR THE HEALTH OF OUR PATIENTS' ACTIVIST HOLDING POSTER THAT READS: 'HUMANITARIAN AID NOW!' ACTIVISTS CHANTING, WEARING WHITE COATS AND HOLDING POSTER THAT READS 'WE NEED SUPPLIES TO PROVIDE QUALITY CARE' PROTESTERS HOLDING POSTER THAT READS 'STOP THE REPRESSION. MORE SUPPLIES. THERE IS NO HEALTH WITHOUT MEDICINES' PROTESTERS WEARING WHITE COATS SETTING OFF ON MARCH AND CHANTING VENDOR WALKING ALONGSIDE MARCH AND SELLING SNACKS ACTIVISTS HOLDING UMBRELLAS AND POSTERS WALKING HEALTH CARE WORKERS WEARING LAB COATS, HOLDING BANNER AND CHANTING 'WITHOUT MEDICINES, THERE'S NO HEALTH' BACKSIDE OF PROTESTERS, MANY WEARING WHITE LAB COATS, WALKING AWAY
- Embargoed: 5th June 2017 17:12
- Keywords: protest march health care workers doctors
- Location: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- City: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- Country: Venezuela
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA0016HX88XZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: THIS IS AN INITIAL EDIT CUT FROM A LIVE-U QUALITY SIGNAL. A FULL BROADCAST QUALITY EDIT OF THIS EVENT WILL FOLLOW AS 1244-VENEZUELA-POLITICS/DOCTORS-UPDATE
Venezuela's opposition hit the streets on Monday (May 22) as health care workers marched against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, in what is now the seventh week of continuous protests against the leftist president.
Dubbed a march for health and life, doctors, medical students and other providers demanded the government respond to the dire scarcity of medicine and basic medical supplies hampering health care.
Opposition leaders are demanding a foreign humanitarian channel to supply much-needed medicine and food, elections, autonomy for the opposition-controlled legislature and freedom for jailed activists.
The protesters rallied and set off, headed to the Health Ministry, but most opposition marches now turn violent when security forces block their way, with masked youths from a self-styled "Resistance" movement hurling stones and petrol bombs at lines of National Guard troops who use teargas and water cannons to turn them back.
Since the beginning of April, at least 47 people have died in anti-Maduro unrest, including supporters of both sides, some bystanders, and members of the security forces.
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