Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Venezuela leader calls new rally amid rival protests

February 14, 2014

CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro called on supporters to march “for peace and against fascism” this weekend following fierce student-led opposition protests that erupted into deadly violence.

Thousands of students have protested on each of the past two days in the Venezuelan capital, in the biggest challenge to Maduro’s leadership since he took over from the late Hugo Chávez last year.

The students, backed by the opposition, are ratcheting up the pressure, calling for immediate action on rampant crime, inflation and shortages of basic goods.

Maduro called for supporters to gather “Saturday, at midday” for “a big march of all the political and social forces of the Bolivarian Revolution for peace and against fascism,” the president said late Thursday, announcing he would also attend the rally.

He has also ordered the arrest of a senior opposition figure and declared that he would not be overthrown – though protesters say a coup is not their goal.

Three people – a pro-government demonstrator and two student opposition protesters – died when violence broke out at Wednesday’s opposition protest in Caracas, which led to a security crackdown in cities across a country where the economy has been battered by inflation of more than 50 percent a year.

Maduro had urged people to demonstrate in “anti-fascism” rallies Thursday, but only a handful of supporters turned up.

Venezuela – with an institutionally socialist government dependent on oil revenues in a state-led system – sits atop the world’s largest proven reserves of crude.

Yet its economy has been battered amid shortages of hard currency, while dwindling supplies of consumer goods have frustrated even some government supporters.

The government blames “bourgeois” local business interests for trying to profit from its largely low- and middle-income political base. It has engaged in privatizations and unpopular currency controls.

Leo Ramírez/AFP
Students clash with National Guard members during an opposition demontration against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, in Caracas on Feb. 12, 2014. Leo Ramírez/AFP

You may be interested

Costa Rica to participate in UN General Assembly this week
Climate Change
1156 views
Climate Change
1156 views

Costa Rica to participate in UN General Assembly this week

The Tico Times - September 21, 2020

President Carlos Alvarado will participate this week in the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, the Costa Rican…

Costa Rica Coffee Pickers: A Day in the Life
Coffee
15 views
Coffee
15 views

Costa Rica Coffee Pickers: A Day in the Life

STEVEN HODEL - September 21, 2020

The Tarrazu region in Costa Rica is famed for producing rich cups of coffee full of chocolate, orange, and dried…

Managua airport resumes flights after coronavirus closure
Central America
489 views
Central America
489 views

Managua airport resumes flights after coronavirus closure

AFP - September 21, 2020

Managua's international airport on Saturday received its first commercial flight almost six months after airlines suspended routes as a precaution…