Venezuela opposition marches in silence to honor protest victims

Eugene Lyubarsky
By Eugene Lyubarsky
April 23, 2017Worldshare

9827 Supporters of Venezuela’s opposition marched silently through the streets of the capital, Caracas, on Sunday, April 23, to honor the 12 people killed by police or government supporters while protesting against President Nicolás Maduro.

Thousands of marchers, clad in white, strode silently to the seat of the city’s Catholic archdiocese. Policemen lined the route but there were no clashes.

Venezuela has seen its economy crash, with shortages of food and medicine becoming severe in this oil-rich nation.

In March the Supreme Court briefly took over the powers of Congress, causing many to accuse Maduro of building a dictatorship.

The court relinquished power, but tensions remain high, and protests are frequent.

The state-run elections council has repeatedly postponed regional elections. Opponents claim this is because the ruling Socialist Party is sure to lose.

Venezuela is scheduled to hold presidential elections in 2018.

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