Nicolás Maduro has been serving as the 63rd President of Venezuela since April 2013 when he won the popular election with over 50 percent of votes. The representative of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela tried his best to continue Hugo Chávez’s policies, slowly sending the country into a spiral of poverty, hunger, and despair. Now, as Maduro expressed no intentions of stepping down, Venezuelan protesters are taking the streets, demanding a change, refusing to turn a blind eye to his corruption.
30 Protesters Died in 35 Days
It has been a little over a month since the protests started, and 30 protesters have already died for their cause. Every day, the authorities seek the rest of the black sheep, searching their houses, arresting them, and threatening their families.
Nevertheless, Venezuelans are firmly sticking to their convictions, refusing to stop protesting until Maduro is not replaced by a worthy politician who will restore at least part of the country’s former glory, solve the current hunger crisis, and pay pharmaceutical bills to bring proper medication back on the shelves of hospitals.
People Are Asking for Food, Medicine, and Jobs
Risking their lives every day, increasingly more protesters are flooding the streets of Caracas. Among them, a group of high-schoolers fighting for the chance of having a future, a lawmaker that wants to keep his sister alive, a 72-year-old doctor with prostate cancer, a 57-year-old breast cancer survivor and mother of two, and a family man obligated to learn the ways of the black market to feed his children.
The government seems unmoved by the crowds of Venezuelan protesters fighting against the impending socialist regime as Maduro continues to hold office, after over five years. No elections have been scheduled, while hospitals are requiring patients to buy their own medicine and sterile instruments.
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