The South American nation of Venezuela is about to erupt.
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Thousands of citizens are fed up and are now taking to the streets to express their anger and frustration towards President Nicolas Maduro, a man that has forced a sizable portion of the population to go to bed hungry and live without the necessary medications they need to stay alive.
And according to the Economist that’s not all, inflation is estimated to exceed 1,600% this year, a situation that will make it even more difficult for the average person to purchase food when its available.
Venezuela was roiled by another day of anti-government protests. Inflation may exceed 1,600% this year https://t.co/7c3Cb5KAuz pic.twitter.com/Ljo9SHEZa3
— The Economist (@TheEconomist) April 11, 2017
As Faithwire previously reported, people have been going to extreme measures in order to get their hands on food.
New reports released on Monday by multiple media outlets state that the Venezuelan capital city of Caracas is embroiled in its seven day of consecutive anti-government protests, a boycott spearheaded by national opposition sympathizers to stress their frustration towards President Maduro and his administration over his fifteen years in office.
As the days go on, so does the violent outcries to take down the government, according to media sources.
Local students are said to be the main people populating the protests and face being tear gassed and water tank attacks by national guards and local police, both considered to be national allies that have routinely been part of the growing economic crisis and destress over food, Faithwire previously reported.
Photo slideshow of today's anti-Maduro protests in Venezuela: https://t.co/vjjZkwhnvr by #81ramora via @c0nvey pic.twitter.com/K8mp08rWVc
— Borisenko Nikolay (@Ramora36) April 9, 2017
Chaos in Caracas as Anti-Government Protests Escalate – 26 photos of the recent anti-Maduro unrest in Venezuela: https://t.co/Pixco6JYrM pic.twitter.com/V4b6AemoeU
— The Atlantic Photo (@TheAtlPhoto) April 11, 2017
In a new report by Reuters the agency linked the protests to the economic situation and the frustration the political opposition is having over the seven justice’s decision to hand down a ruling at the end of last month that called for “all powers vested under the legislative body, the Venezuelan National Assembly, be transferred to the court itself, which is stacked with government loyalist.” In addition to that, opposition politician Henrique Capriles was banned from public office, a man that is also believed by the opposition to be their best hope in ousting President Maduro in the election next year.
Even though the anti-government protestors have been widely reported on during the continuous protest over the past 10 days, there have been some President Maduro supporters that have taken to the streets to show their allegiance to the socialist ruler.
There have been anti-government protests in Venezuela nearly every day in April.
Here's why: pic.twitter.com/PblryBSAmv
— AJ+ (@ajplus) April 6, 2017
This past weekend, the first person was reportedly killed in the protest and now people are expressing concern that as the days continue to be filled with violence that it will look a lot like the 2014 protests against Maduro and his regime.
Confirmed: First person has died in this week's Venezuela protests. He was a 19 year-old college kid https://t.co/0d2udTaRK3
— Hannah Dreier (@hannahdreier) April 7, 2017
Over the past six months, Faithwire has reported about the hunger crisis that currently exists in the country, the latest report stating that people have started to eat Flamingos out of desperation.
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