Venezuelan Protests Against Government Continue

By Sophie Peters ’16

Citizens gather in Caracas, Venezuela to protest the short comings of the current government. (Photo: Diego Urdaneta)

Citizens gather in Caracas, Venezuela to protest the short comings of the current government. (Photo: Diego Urdaneta)

Protests against the rising crime rate, high inflation and lack of basic needs met in Venezuela continue after nearly two weeks of unrest.

The protesters are demanding the government step down. Although that is very unlikely to happen through democratic process. Current president, Nicolas Maduro, cannot be ousted without holding a referendum, but that may not legally happen for another two years.

Hundreds of citizens have been joining the protests, including many students. Three people were reportedly killed, as well as around 100 arrests.

Although Maduro has asked for the demonstrations to cease, protesters say they will continue.