Americas Amid Venezuela's protests, 'Green Cross' medical students are here to help – and to stay

Demonstrations against Venezuela's increasingly authoritarian government have become more frequent – and violent – this month. For some medical students, 'the best way to help was doing what we do every day': helping protesters and soldiers alike.

Helena Carpio Fiasse

An antigovernment protest was well under way on a recent afternoon in Caracas when suddenly, the chanting stopped and a hush fell over the crowd. Protesters dressed in white and carrying the Venezuelan flag slowly started clapping, and cheering, as a small group of volunteers wearing scrubs and white helmets with green crosses emerged from the crowd.