As the dire situation in Venezuela intensifies, the national opposition has called for more anti-government protests to combat socialist President Nicolas Maduro and government officials responsible for going to extreme lengths to starve working class citizens, according to reports.
In the last year, President Nicolas Maduro and government officials have repeatedly tried to silence the opposition and the working middle class through long bouts of starvation and limited availability of medical supplies.
To escape the horror, thousands are taking dangerous boat trips or walking on foot out of the country to find a new life, Faithwire reported in November of last year.
But, the call to escalate anti-government clashes happened on the same day leaders at the Organization of American States, a regional group created to promote human rights and democracy met in DC to discuss the economic, social and political crisis facing the South American country, Al Jazeera reported.
— OAS (@OAS_official) May 31, 2017
In the last eight weeks, 60 people have been killed in the violent attacks between demonstrators and national police forces.
60 days and 60 nights of protests in Venezuela. At least 60 dead and more than 1,000 protesters in jail pic.twitter.com/PJqLLRa3be
— Hannah Dreier (@hannahdreier) May 30, 2017
— Liveuamap (@Liveuamap) May 31, 2017
— Nathan Crooks (@nmcrooks) May 31, 2017
Faithwire previously reported when the protests started in March, thousands of citizens took 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.
And according to an Economist report, 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.
(H/T: Al Jazeera)
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