Venezuelan Nationals Hold Demonstration in Midland 2/22/14
CBS 7 News
February 22, 2014
The political unrest in Venezuela can be felt as far as Midland, Texas.
Dozens of Venezuelans sat in formations this afternoon, their mouths covered in tape.
"We can't let ourselves tape our mouths. We have to speak out, you know, we have to be their voice," says Venezuelan National Blanca Garrido.
Just yesterday, the self-proclaimed socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro stepped on the toes of national and international journalists.
"Everyone has the same access to the media so if we donít have access to the media, how would we know whatís going on?" asks Garrido, "We can't talk about a democracy when the media is shut down, when the internet is being shut down, when the cell phone service is being shut down. When thereís no news, when you control every single thing, there's no democracy; thatís a dictatorship."
Although Garrido has not been home to Venezuela in seven years, she is no stranger to the atrocities that plague her home land.
"The police kidnapped my brother when he was there so I donít have any intention of going back until I know things are better."
Blanca, like many others at today's demonstration, have moved to foreign lands to escape the danger.
"When you tell a lie a thousand times, people start to believe it."