December 2, 1987
Soldiers in Venezuela shot one man to death and wounded seven people in riots involving 2,000 students in the university town of Merida. College classes were suspended throughout the country. Most of the injuries occurred as students protested the presence of the army around the hospital where casualties were taken. The protests began last week in Merida after a law student died following his arrest for causing a disturbance.
May 19, 1989 |
Shops and banks were closed Thursday and labor activists roamed the streets to enforce a 12-hour general strike to protest government austerity measures. At a McDonald's restaurant, fistfights broke out between labor and management. It was this country's first general strike in 31 years of democracy. The strike organizer, the Confederation of Venezuelan Workers, claimed that it paralyzed the nation. But Interior Minister Alejandro Izaguirre appeared on television to declare that "the country is completely normal."
July 15, 2001 |
Hundreds of people marched through Caracas, the Venezuelan capital, to protest the growing number of kidnappings in this increasingly violent nation. The protesters demanded tougher government action against kidnappings and the swift return of missing loved ones. "We can no longer remain silent. We are constantly at the mercy of delinquents," said Carmen Tamayo, an office worker.
December 7, 1992 |
Just over a week ago, Venezuelans mostly stayed at home, refusing to support an attempted military takeover of their country. Sunday, Venezuelans mostly stayed at home, refusing to support a 34-year-old democratic political system they view as corrupt and ineffective. With abstention rates reaching 80% in some parts of Caracas, a large proportion of the country's 10.3 million eligible voters declined to take part in balloting for 22 state governors, 282 mayors and 2,116 municipal council seats.