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February 05, 2019

Venezuelans Protest for Democracy

After the Venezuelan protesters took a group picture with the flag, they marched around the Dam Square on Saturday afternoon. Isabel Bonnet / The Amsterdammer

On Saturday, about 100 Venezuelans living in the Netherlands gathered in Dam Square to join the international day of protest for democracy. Organized by the association Multicultureel Viva Venezuela, protesters stood in support for the Interim President of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, and against Nicolas Maduro.

Dozens of countries have already recognised Guaido as the leader of the country, such as France and the United States. On Monday, the Dutch government joined these states, rejecting Maduro as the President of Venezuela.

In 2018, about 26,000 Venezuelans would have fled to the Dutch Caribbean island Curaçao and above 5,000 to Aruba, which are only few kilometres away. However, according to Amnesty International, Curaçao authorities have offered no protection for asylum seekers. Above 1,500 Venezuelans would have been removed from the island. “Instead of protecting arrivals from Venezuela, the Curaçao government has designed an ‘active removal strategy’ to deport those with irregular migration status,” reports Amnesty International.

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