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February 28, 2013

Venezuelan students: Where is Chavez?

Protesters demand greater transparency in reporting president's health.
Opposing students stand chained in a street of Caracas, Venezuela, 27 February 2013, during a rally calling for more information on the health of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. EPA/DAVID FERNANDEZ

As Venezuelans await further news on the health of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez, some are getting impatient with the secrecy surrounding his condition. University students recently responded with a campaign called "Operation Sovereignty," criticising the lack of information and what they see as Cuba's outsized influence in the matter.

Since returning from cancer treatment in Cuba, Chavez has remained in a military hospital. Sources claim he is being treated exclusively by Cuban doctors.

On Wednesday, a group of students in Caracas chained themselves together and reportedly shouted chants against a "Cuban intervention".

Venezuelans on Twitter shared images from the protest using the hashtag #OperacionSoberania (Operation Sovereignty)