Monday, May 1, 2017

Growing Unrest In Venezuela -- News Updates May 1, 2017

Reuters: Venezuela security forces fight protesters amid May Day rallies

Security forces fired tear gas at youths throwing stones and petrol bombs on Monday as Venezuela's opposition began a second month of protests against socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

With hundreds of thousands on the streets of Caracas for rival May Day marches, red-shirted supporters of Maduro also gathered downtown vowing to defend the socialists' 18-year rule of the South American oil producer.

Twenty nine people have been killed and hundreds injured in unrest that began in early April against Maduro, the unpopular 54-year-old successor to Hugo Chavez.

"For no reason, they are starting to repress us," lawmaker Jose Olivares said, as National Guard troops shot teargas in one district of west Caracas in the morning towards hundreds of people standing around waiting to march.

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Growing Unrest In Venezuela -- News Updates May 1, 2017

Anti-Government Protesters, Police Clash in Venezuela -- USA Today/AP
Protesters in Venezuela mark one month since they took to the streets -- France 24
Protesters Confront National Guard in Strife-Ridden Caracas -- Bloomberg
Venezuela's president orders 60% hike of minimum wage ... in a 500% inflation -- FOX News
Venezuelan President Bumps Up Minimum Wage Amid Weeks Of Public Upheaval -- NPR
Venezuela protests: Maduro hikes minimum wage by 60% -- BBC
Venezuela President Maduro hikes wages, distributes social housing -- DW
How Venezuela’s supreme court triggered one of the biggest political crises in the country’s history -- Pedro Rosas, VOX
Venezuela's worst economic crisis: What went wrong? -- Al Jazeera
What’s ahead for Venezuela? As the protests ramp up, here are 5 things to watch. -- Michael McCarthy, Washington Post

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