University officials said that the students were repressed within the school campus, which is being denied by Venezuelan authorities.
In the case of Saleh, on Thursday the youth leader tried to talk to law-enforcement agents to explain that the demonstration in which he was taking part was a peaceful one.
“When he got closer to them they began to beat us and one of the blows made me fall; when I was on the ground they were all over me,” the young student said.
The attacks did not end there. Saleh said his family received constant telephone threats.
On Tuesday, officials from the Bolivarian Intelligence Service confiscated his passport when Saleh was about to travel to Costa Rica to denounce the maltreatment of the students before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights.
After banning him from leaving the country, the agents tried to detain him and take him away, but the presence of the media interrupted their efforts.
“They take this type of action to intimidate others,” he said.
Yet, for now, Saleh’s fighting spirit does not seem to have been weakened. He said that the student sector plans to continue protesting until a change takes place in the nation.
“We cannot acknowledge this regime. We cannot acknowledge what is happening and so the call is to protest in order to reinstate constitutional continuity in Venezuela,” Saleh said.
“We didn’t even vote for Chávez. We did not participate in the mistakes of the Fourth Republic (as the Chávez regime calls the system of government existing in Venezuela before it was supplanted by Chávez), but it has fallen unto us to assume all of this and we will assume it,” he said.
This article was complemented by El Nuevo Herald’s wire services.