Venezuela's fallen show the grim side of unrest, February 21

21 Feb 2014

Venezuela is cracking down on protests that have been intended as peaceful but sometimes result in violence, highlighting an undercurrent of social unrest and crime not often reported in the international media. State sponsored paramilitaries have stormed apartment and shot at suspected protesters. In protest clashes, the opposition blames radical elements planted by the government, while President Nicolas Maduro blames it on foreign powers and radical elements who seek to launch a coup. Steering away from violence while upholding their right to protest, rallyists have sought to tell Maduro's forces: “Brother, do not shoot. You too are a victim of this government.”

 

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