Protests against Venezuela’s socialist president, Nicolas Maduro, and his government have led to violence, with hundreds of thousands of protesters filling the streets during the past few weeks. The violence peaked yesterday when three Venezuelans were killed in attacks stemming from the protests: two civilians and a national guardsman. In a rally dubbed “the mother of all marches” by opposition leadership, thousands of Venezuelans gathered to voice their anger at a government that has been taking measures in recent years to minimize political opposition, as well as mismanaging a crippled economy, leading to massive food and medical supply shortages. The move earlier this month by the Supreme Court to consolidate authority set off major protests. Despite the decision being reversed three days later, protests have continued.
The strongest critics have labeled Maduro a budding dictator, with calls for him to step down growing. Maduro has responded by saying the country’s internal problems are part of a broad foreign conspiracy to undermine the country, specifically from the United States and its imperialist agenda.
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