Behind the violence in Venezuela

Opposition march in Merida, Venezuela

Violent anti-government protests over the last two weeks in Venezuela have led to six dead and dozens injured. Many international media outlets have portrayed opposition protesters as a democratic resistance movement. President Nicolas Maduro described the violence as a plan to destabilize the government and has called for dialogue with the opposition.

The protests come just a few weeks before the 1-year-anniversary of the death of former president Hugo Chávez. Pro-government marches and more opposition protests are planned for the coming days. Ewan Robertson is based in Merida, Venezuela, and is a journalist with the English-language website He talked with FSRN’s Michael Fox earlier today about the current situation on the ground.


(Photo: Peaceful opposition march in Merida, Venezuela. Credit: Ewan Robertson – used with permission)

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