The Venezuelan Protests In Photos

Venezuela Protests Flowers


Following the death of ever-contentious political figure Hugo Chávez in April 2013, President Nicolas Maduro has held the reins of Venezuela’s future. And from the looks of it, Maduro doesn’t hold much stock in what that might bring. Since taking office, Venezuela has seen a huge surge in currency devaluation, inflation and budgetary deficits, to the point where China recently reneged on it’s $20 billion loan, and both Moody’s and Standard and Poor reduced Venezuela’s bond rating to “junk” status.

Add to that the perennial concerns over the Venezuelan government’s iron clad grip on media outlets and general…distaste…for open, unbridled dissent, and you’ve got yourself one helluva storm brewing. Presently, the anti-Maduro opposition is being led by Leopoldo López, who has been charged with–get this–murder and terrorism after riot police opened fire on an anti-government demonstration in Caracas. While López was arrested on Tuesday, he had harsh words for Maduro and co (who are presently concerned with pinning the blame on “fascist” US allies and the “parasitic bourgeoisie”, not themselves). Said López, “The change we want is in every one of us. Let us not surrender. I will not!”

It remains to be seen what will become of Maduro, López and Venezuela, but the scenes below depict a Venezuela not unlike that of the 1989 Caracazo riots. You know, the ones that led to regime change and the rise of Hugo Chávez himself.

Venezuela Protests Climbing

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Venezuela Protests Tear Gas

A woman recovering from being sprayed with tear gas. Source: Buzzfeed

Venezuela Protests Hands

“Peace”. Source: Buzzfeed

Venezuela Protests More Love

“More love; fewer bullets”. Source: Buzzfeed

Venezuela Protests Heart

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Venezuela Protests Confrontation

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Venezuela Protests Aerial

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Venezuela Protests Blood


Venezuela Protests Burning Barricade

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Venezuela Protests Opposition


Venezuela Protests Opposition Woman

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Venezuela Protests Flag


Venezuela Protests Riot Police

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Venezuela Protests Maduro

President Maduro leading his supporters. Source: Buzzfeed

Venezuela Protests Leopoldo Lopez

Opposition leader Leopoldo López. Source: Buzzfeed

Venezuela Protests Old Woman

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Venezuela Protests Maduro Sign

A poster depiction of President Maduro. Source: Buzzfeed

Venezuela Protests Peaceful

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Venezuela Protests Fire Flag

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Venezuela Protests Peace

“Peace with Justice” Source: Slate

Venezuela Protests Water

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Venezuela Protests Seated Protest

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Venezuela Protests Demonstrators

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Venezuela Protests Anonymous

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Venezuela Protests Death

Men carrying one of the several dead protestors. Source: Slate

Venezuela Protests Gas Canister

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Venezuela Protests Hearse

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  1. samfad says:

    Demo-crazy is the word used by Nigerian born late Afro-beat King, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. I hope this Crazy – Demo will lead to a better Venezuela.

  2. h5mind says:

    Most, if not all of Venezuela’s current problems can be traced to the failure of their money. In spite of massive oil wealth, their currency, the ironically-named Bolivar ‘Fuerte’ (meaning ‘strong’) has no value beyond their borders- it’s literally worthless. Although the media would prefer we argue about Maduro’s socialist agenda pitted against western (i.e., US) influence, the truth is a “good” job in Venezuela used to pay the equivalent of $500 a month, and now it pays around $46- you read that correctly. The rest of the world has witnessed varying degrees of the same thing and it’s always for the same reason- foreign-held central bankers skimming the wealth off the poor and middle class to fatten their own portfolios. When the ‘money’ one earns in exchange for labor no longer buys anything of value, you have the underpinnings of slavery- or at best- indentured servitude. The fact we never hear about Venezuela’s worthless fiat currency is likely because there is no essential difference between their colored pieces of paper masquerading as wealth and the stuff in your own wallet.

  3. Nicole King says:

    “on it’s $20 billion loan” If you don’t see what’s wrong with this, there’s no hope for you. (Hint. check up the usage of apostrophes).

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