Political Risk

Venezuela’s Poor Begin to Rise Up Against the Government

“Poor neighborhoods near the Miraflores Presidential Palace were the scene of violent protests Monday, in spite of Venezuela being in a state of exception, challenging the perception that the poorest Venezuelans offer President Nicolas Maduro their automatic solidarity. Hooded and armed men blocked intersections with public-transport buses and burning tires, in what is, to date, the most violent anti-government protest to take place in 23 de Enero, the parish in downtown Caracas where Hugo Chavez has a mausoleum and museum, formerly the Venezuelan Army Museum. Now, ‘el 23’ as people call the blocky project-dominated area, is under a virtual state of siege, in armed street protest against food shortages and what they deem as excessive police action.”

Source: Latin American Herald Tribune – Venezuela’s Poor Begin to Rise Up Against the Government

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