Venezuela: Why they protest

  February 14, 2014  

Anti- and pro-government protesters have clashed in Venezuela this week. Here's what's making them angry.

LIMA, Peru -Nearly a year after the cancer death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, his self-styled "Bolivarian" socialist revolution appears under siege.

Anti-government protests this week have convulsed the country and descended into violent clashes with government sympathizers. On Wednesday, at least three people were killed by gunfire, two of them opposition students and one a pro-government demonstrator.

Chavez’s folksy style -think him calling George W. Bush "the devil" for invading Iraq -and populist anti-poverty policies made him wildly popular both at home and internationally.

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