That’s what we ask.
The truth is, we may never be able to know for sure why.
But we do know that there is no single “should have done” or “could have done”
or “did” or “didn’t do” that would have changed that why.
All that love could do was done.
A 17-year-old protester was killed on Wednesday as violence surged in ongoing protests in my country Venezuela. The teenager was identified as Neomar Lander, who was killed while demonstrators faced off against National Guard troops in Caracas.
Lander’s death brings the death toll to 66 since April, as the violence continues and protesters refuse to rest until ̶P̶r̶e̶s̶i̶d̶e̶n̶t̶ Nicolas Maduro steps down.
Protesters have accused Maduro of creating a dictatorship in the country and are demanding general elections, the release of hundreds of jailed activists, and foreign humanitarian aid amid a devastating economic crisis. Maduro has hit back against protesters, accusing them of being part of a “fascist” conspiracy to stage a coup. Protests first erupted in April after the Supreme Court ruled to strip the opposition-controlled congress of its powers, a move that was later reversed but led to a flurry of complaints from the opposition.
The latest death comes after U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley compared Maduro to Syria’s Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday. “The Venezuelan government is in the midst of destroying human rights and democracy in Venezuela,” she said, later adding that “we have to make sure we stop it”.
Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. — RK.