What is going on with riots in Venezuela? Why is there very little mass media coverage of these riots? The Egyptian riots, were well covered by all outlets with Anderson Cooper on scene.
Reuters did report “At least two people were shot dead on Wednesday during anti-government protests in Caracas, escalating the worst bout of unrest in Venezuela since turmoil after President Nicolas Maduro’s election last year.” That death toll has since risen.
Thousands of protesters flooded the streets of the Venezuelan capital on Wednesday with several different political factions clashed in Caracas, leaving at least three people dead and over 20 injured.
The unrest comes on the heels of a wave of increasingly violent, student-led protests that have spread across Venezuela the past two weeks. Their anger is being fueled by frustration with Maduro’s handling of the inflation-plagued economy, worsening crime and human rights concerns.
Maduro expressed regret for the fatalities, which be blamed squarely on “fascist” groups that he said are conspiring to overthrow him. He said he ordered security forces to protect major cities and block any actions to destabilize the country.
“Whoever goes out to provoke violence without a permit to demonstrate will be detained,” Maduro said in a nationally televised address to commemorate the 200th anniversary of a key battle in Venezuela’s war of independence.
The Associated Press Contributed to this report.