Hundreds of members of the Yukpa indigenous group of Venezuela traveled across the country from their native Zulia state to Caracas, arriving on Wednesday seeking a meeting with socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro but found his repressive police force greeting them, instead.
Yukpa leaders said they made the trip to protest the increasingly dire situation of their people in the face of Venezuela’s economic collapse under socialism and Maduro’s poor handling of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic. The protesters sought a meeting with Maduro to demand better access to food, water, health care, and education, reports detailed.
Maduro did not explicitly deny their request for a meeting, but deployed members of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) to meet the protesters, who reached the Caracas zone immediately outside of Maduro’s Miraflores presidential palace, which he has occupied illegally since January 2019. The GNB has notoriously repressed nearly every type of protest against Maduro