Violent clashes between protesters and security forces in Caracas continue

The anti-government protests in Venezuela’s capital continue to make international headlines as yesterday marked the 71st day of the public uprising against President Nicolás Maduro. The protesters are calling Maduro a dictator and demanding his resignation.
Caracas, yesterday Photo Credit: EPA

The violent demonstrations in Venezuela’s capital continued on Saturday as the protesters marked the 71st day of the public uprising against the government of President Nicolás Maduro.

The massive anti-government protests began in April after the Supreme Tribunal of Justice of Venezuela ruled that the national assembly, which is led by the opposition, would no longer be allowed to legislate. Even though the judges reversed their decision a few days later, the protests continued and intensified. On April 19, the “mother of all marches” was conducted in Caracas.

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Caracas, yesterday Photo Credit: EPA

The protesters are calling Maduro a dictator, blaming him for the serious economic and social crisis in the country and demanding his resignation and the release of hundreds of political prisoners. Several Latin American and European officials are calling on Maduro to allow humanitarian groups to help the country due to the serious lack of food and comply with the protesters’ demand to release the political prisoners.

Maduro is blaming the U.S. for the country’s problems. According to him, the high inflation, food and drug shortages and the high rate of crime are stemming from Washington, which wants to destabilize the country.

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