Venezuelan Capital Hit By Fresh Wave of Riots
Anti-government demonstrators marked Easter Sunday by burning effigies of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas
A fresh bout of violence broke out on Sunday in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas, the BBC reports.
Demonstrators opposed to the government of President Nicolas Maduro were beaten back by police with water cannons and tear gas after launching petrol bombs in the district of Chacao. Other masked protestors burned effigies of the president in a day of demonstrations entitled “Rally for Democracy.”
The demonstrations began in February when protestors demanded action against Venezuela’s high rates of crime and food shortages, and spiraling inflation rate. Over 40 people have died in the continuing violence, with hundreds arrested. Supporters of the president have also been protesting, with tens of thousands of people dressed in red taking to the streets. But many within the opposition movement have vowed to keep demonstrating until Maduro leaves power.
“We’re staying in the street until we get our country back,” 22-year-old student leader Djamil Jassir told the BBC.[BBC]