Around 100 Venezuelan ex-pats gather on Bournemouth beach for human rights protest

Bournemouth Echo: PROTEST: Campaigners use torches to spell out SOS PROTEST: Campaigners use torches to spell out SOS

AROUND 100 Venezuelan expatriates gathered on Bournemouth beach to protest about human rights in their former country.

The protesters used torches to spell out an SOS message as part of an international event demanding intervention in the Latin American country.

Victor Bolivar said the government had been cracking down on freedom of speech, closing newspapers and intimidating political opponents.

“I know personally a lot of people who have been shot and the pressure is incredible,” he said. “Venezuela is the country with the biggest reserves of oil in the world,” he said.

“It’s a rich country where a lot of poor people live. The division of wealth is really bad.”

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12:08pm Fri 21 Mar 14

pete woodley says...

Let them protest in venezuela,we have enough problems in this country,we do not need protesters taking advantage of our soft policing.
Let them protest in venezuela,we have enough problems in this country,we do not need protesters taking advantage of our soft policing. pete woodley
  • Score: -28

12:34pm Fri 21 Mar 14

SwivelEyedLoon says...

pete woodley wrote:
Let them protest in venezuela,we have enough problems in this country,we do not need protesters taking advantage of our soft policing.
How on earth can a gathering on a beach to highlight the plight of countrymen thousands of miles away cause you any offence?

If you restrict peoples right to peaceful protest then you become no better than the countries that are being protested about you know.
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Let them protest in venezuela,we have enough problems in this country,we do not need protesters taking advantage of our soft policing.[/p][/quote]How on earth can a gathering on a beach to highlight the plight of countrymen thousands of miles away cause you any offence? If you restrict peoples right to peaceful protest then you become no better than the countries that are being protested about you know. SwivelEyedLoon
  • Score: 40

12:38pm Fri 21 Mar 14

suzigirl says...

Best they go home and help their fellow countrymen then! I hope they did not leave any litter on the beach!
Best they go home and help their fellow countrymen then! I hope they did not leave any litter on the beach! suzigirl
  • Score: -32

1:23pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Imaginos says...

pete woodley wrote:
Let them protest in venezuela,we have enough problems in this country,we do not need protesters taking advantage of our soft policing.
How mean spirited. Bournemouth has a significant and active Venezuelan community with a strong sense of mutual aid. All their protests so far have been peaceful, respectful and the organisers have been careful to notify the police prior to any action taking place.

It strikes me that they do a much better job at advancing their cause than the impotent whining many indulge in on these forums.
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Let them protest in venezuela,we have enough problems in this country,we do not need protesters taking advantage of our soft policing.[/p][/quote]How mean spirited. Bournemouth has a significant and active Venezuelan community with a strong sense of mutual aid. All their protests so far have been peaceful, respectful and the organisers have been careful to notify the police prior to any action taking place. It strikes me that they do a much better job at advancing their cause than the impotent whining many indulge in on these forums. Imaginos
  • Score: 31

2:22pm Fri 21 Mar 14

scrumpyjack says...

Imaginos wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
Let them protest in venezuela,we have enough problems in this country,we do not need protesters taking advantage of our soft policing.
How mean spirited. Bournemouth has a significant and active Venezuelan community with a strong sense of mutual aid. All their protests so far have been peaceful, respectful and the organisers have been careful to notify the police prior to any action taking place.

It strikes me that they do a much better job at advancing their cause than the impotent whining many indulge in on these forums.
Realistically what do you think they have actually achieved apart from maybe making themselves feel a little better?
[quote][p][bold]Imaginos[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Let them protest in venezuela,we have enough problems in this country,we do not need protesters taking advantage of our soft policing.[/p][/quote]How mean spirited. Bournemouth has a significant and active Venezuelan community with a strong sense of mutual aid. All their protests so far have been peaceful, respectful and the organisers have been careful to notify the police prior to any action taking place. It strikes me that they do a much better job at advancing their cause than the impotent whining many indulge in on these forums.[/p][/quote]Realistically what do you think they have actually achieved apart from maybe making themselves feel a little better? scrumpyjack
  • Score: -23

4:29pm Fri 21 Mar 14

MrPitiful says...

Hope they cleared up after themselves.

Let's face it, many foreigners leave the beach in a right state.
Hope they cleared up after themselves. Let's face it, many foreigners leave the beach in a right state. MrPitiful
  • Score: -34

7:00am Sat 22 Mar 14

BluebirdDorset says...

MrPitiful wrote:
Hope they cleared up after themselves.

Let's face it, many foreigners leave the beach in a right state.
And British people don't make a mess!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]MrPitiful[/bold] wrote: Hope they cleared up after themselves. Let's face it, many foreigners leave the beach in a right state.[/p][/quote]And British people don't make a mess!!!!! BluebirdDorset
  • Score: 8

10:06am Sat 22 Mar 14

ShuttleX says...

pete woodley wrote:
Let them protest in venezuela,we have enough problems in this country,we do not need protesters taking advantage of our soft policing.
You must be a bundle of fun at parties. That's assuming of course that you are invited to any.

I do not know if their protest will have done any good, but they have the right to hold it. I spoke to one gentleman who was at the protest, and by his account it was peaceful, good natured and yes, they did clean up after themselves. Which is more than can be said for some non-foreigners of Bournemouth.

Don't forget. Most of them are residents of Bournemouth, which means it's their beach as much as anybody's.
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Let them protest in venezuela,we have enough problems in this country,we do not need protesters taking advantage of our soft policing.[/p][/quote]You must be a bundle of fun at parties. That's assuming of course that you are invited to any. I do not know if their protest will have done any good, but they have the right to hold it. I spoke to one gentleman who was at the protest, and by his account it was peaceful, good natured and yes, they did clean up after themselves. Which is more than can be said for some non-foreigners of Bournemouth. Don't forget. Most of them are residents of Bournemouth, which means it's their beach as much as anybody's. ShuttleX
  • Score: 8

2:26pm Sat 22 Mar 14

pete woodley says...

ShuttleX wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
Let them protest in venezuela,we have enough problems in this country,we do not need protesters taking advantage of our soft policing.
You must be a bundle of fun at parties. That's assuming of course that you are invited to any.

I do not know if their protest will have done any good, but they have the right to hold it. I spoke to one gentleman who was at the protest, and by his account it was peaceful, good natured and yes, they did clean up after themselves. Which is more than can be said for some non-foreigners of Bournemouth.

Don't forget. Most of them are residents of Bournemouth, which means it's their beach as much as anybody's.
Invite them to your house then,and start making personal remarks to them,you are a laugh,a pathetic one.
[quote][p][bold]ShuttleX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Let them protest in venezuela,we have enough problems in this country,we do not need protesters taking advantage of our soft policing.[/p][/quote]You must be a bundle of fun at parties. That's assuming of course that you are invited to any. I do not know if their protest will have done any good, but they have the right to hold it. I spoke to one gentleman who was at the protest, and by his account it was peaceful, good natured and yes, they did clean up after themselves. Which is more than can be said for some non-foreigners of Bournemouth. Don't forget. Most of them are residents of Bournemouth, which means it's their beach as much as anybody's.[/p][/quote]Invite them to your house then,and start making personal remarks to them,you are a laugh,a pathetic one. pete woodley
  • Score: -11

3:15pm Sat 22 Mar 14

boardsandphotos says...

scrumpyjack wrote:
Imaginos wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
Let them protest in venezuela,we have enough problems in this country,we do not need protesters taking advantage of our soft policing.
How mean spirited. Bournemouth has a significant and active Venezuelan community with a strong sense of mutual aid. All their protests so far have been peaceful, respectful and the organisers have been careful to notify the police prior to any action taking place.

It strikes me that they do a much better job at advancing their cause than the impotent whining many indulge in on these forums.
Realistically what do you think they have actually achieved apart from maybe making themselves feel a little better?
They've got the issue in the media, which creates awareness of a situation.

Yes it may only be a small protest, yes it may have been mentioned in a local newspaper, but here we all are on the internet talking about it.
[quote][p][bold]scrumpyjack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Imaginos[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Let them protest in venezuela,we have enough problems in this country,we do not need protesters taking advantage of our soft policing.[/p][/quote]How mean spirited. Bournemouth has a significant and active Venezuelan community with a strong sense of mutual aid. All their protests so far have been peaceful, respectful and the organisers have been careful to notify the police prior to any action taking place. It strikes me that they do a much better job at advancing their cause than the impotent whining many indulge in on these forums.[/p][/quote]Realistically what do you think they have actually achieved apart from maybe making themselves feel a little better?[/p][/quote]They've got the issue in the media, which creates awareness of a situation. Yes it may only be a small protest, yes it may have been mentioned in a local newspaper, but here we all are on the internet talking about it. boardsandphotos
  • Score: 11

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