On each of the last 50 days, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans have taken to the streets in protest against the Maduro administration, which has led the country to economic and social collapse. Maduro, on his part, is mobilizing supporters for counter-demonstrations: “We will win this struggle.”

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The opposition marked 50 days of protests against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Sunday. They claim that Maduro has caused the country to collapse and has failed to meet his commitments to improve the situation. The hundreds of thousands of demonstrators who took to the streets of Venezuela’s major cities yesterday blame Maduro for the lack of basic goods such as food and medication, for the worsening inflation and for the suppression of human rights in the country.

At least 46 protesters have been killed since the riots began on April 1. Behind the slogan “We are millions,” the opposition has promised that the wave of demonstrations will only increase. Protests across the country began when the Supreme Court denied Congress their legislative right, a decision that has been canceled in the meantime, but the protests had already begun.

Clashes with police in Caracas

Clashes with police in Caracas Photo Credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Amidst looting and riots, mask-wearing masses throw stones and Molotov cocktails at police and are met with tear gas. Maduro’s critics demand new elections, the release of imprisoned activists and have called on the international community to intervene.

Tear gas in a Venezuelan protest

Tear gas in a Venezuelan protest Photo Credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Opposition leader Henrique Capriles, who is not allowed to participate in the country’s election, led the demonstrations in the capital. “Fifty days and they executed fifty people,” he said. “Despite everything, despite the oppression, we will continue with the resistance in the war for Venezuela.”