March 6, 1989
The Venezuelan government ordered some schools to reopen and declared that the nation has "returned to complete normality" after the bloodiest riots in decades. Authorities, however, did not lift a night curfew in the capital or a state of martial law. The rioting, which began Feb. 27, was sparked by price increases under a government austerity plan. Meanwhile, the government revised the casualty toll, reporting 246 people killed--down from an earlier estimate of at least 300.
March 1, 1989 |
government suspended constitutional rights Tuesday and imposed a nationwide curfew as riots over price increases ravaged Venezuela for a second day and looting spread. President Carlos Andres Perez appealed on television for an end to the "incredible tragedy," which, according to police estimates, has killed up to 50 people and injured 500. Even as Perez spoke, gunfire was heard in the streets, and rioting and looting continued in the worst violence in 30 years of democratic rule.
March 2, 1989 |
Sporadic armed clashes in the shantytown slums of this modern but wreckage-strewn city took another dozen lives Wednesday as the government of President Carlos Andres Perez, already in a state of virtual martial law, announced pay raises and other economic measures to end three days of bloody riots. Since the rioting and looting erupted Monday in response to sharp increases in gasoline prices and bus fares, at least 200 people have died in eight Venezuelan cities, unofficial surveys showed.
February 28, 1989 |
Angry mobs across Venezuela set fire to cars and buses, battled police and guardsmen and looted hundreds of stores Monday to protest stiff increases in gasoline prices and transportation fares. The riots injured at least 200 people in Caracas and the Guarenas shantytown 30 miles east of the capital, a police report said. There was also an unconfirmed report of a fatality.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1989
Recent riots in Venezuela, which left more than 200 people dead, were sobering reminders that the foreign-debt problem that looms over Latin America is a dangerous challenge, even for those countries that are relatively stable and well off. Venezuela's foreign debt, $33 billion, is not nearly as large or burdensome as those of Mexico, Brazil, Argentina or Peru. And the country is blessed with abundant resources, mainly oil, and a democratic and reasonably honest government.