Venezuelans Protested over 700 Times in August over Lack of Food, Fuel, Water

Venezuelans Protested over 700 Times in August over Lack of Food, Fuel, Water


Desperate Venezuelans took to the streets close to 750 times last month, for around 30 protests per day, according to an analysis from the Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conflict published Monday.

The analysis found that over 300 of the protests were a response to the lack of access to basic public services such as household gas and electricity and drinking water. Restrictions imposed by the Maduro regime because of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic exacerbated the trend.

Around 40 percent of protests were linked to chronic fuel shortages, which have plagued the country over recent years despite having the second-largest known oil reserves in the world following America. The socialist government has heavily subsidized gasoline since Hugo Chávez rose to power in 1998, to the point of it effectively being free. However, shortages have forced authorities to ramp up prices, making it unaffordable for most people.

The report documented 229 protests related

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