A week old indefinite strike called by professors and administrative workers of public universities has been accompanied by student protests in several cities. The government has claimed that professors and students are only pawns of wider destabilization plans by the right. Maduro has argued that professors are not really striking for better salaries, but only “because of a whim (caprichito) of overthrowing me."
On June 14, Maduro warned the protesting students that opposition leader Leopoldo López has plans to ambush them with “a fascist attack, and then blame the revolution.” López answered the accusations in a video posted on twitter: “not this, nor any other government, is going to decide when, where, or who can protest. At this time university workers, professors, and students, have all the right to go out [to protest]”