February 17, 2014

Divisions in Venezuela turn violent

The Stream looks into what is behind the ongoing protests in the country.

Demonstrators run away from tear gas during a protest in Caracas, Venezuela on February 12, 2014. (JORGE SILVA\REUTERS)

Thousands of Venezuelans are calling for President Nicolas Maduro to resign. Their grievances include a currency crisis, inflation, crime, and a goods shortage. The president's supporters say protesters have been encouraged by fascist elements. With both sides blaming each other for the protests' deadly turn, what lies ahead? Join the conversation at 19:30 GMT.

In this episode of The Stream, we speak with: 

George Ciccariello-Maher @ciccmaher
Author, “We Created Chavez”

Emiliana Duarte @emiduarte
Blogger, Caracas Chronicles

Isabella Picon @isapiconb
Citizen, attended protests 

Maoly Morales @maozache 
Advisor, President of National Assembly

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