TOKYO-2017 Editorial / Conflict

Anti-Government Protests in Venezuela

  • Prize
    Bronze in Editorial/Conflict
  • Photographer
    Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets in 2017 to protest against the government and the crippling impact of the economic and political crisis that make their daily lives increasingly volatile. For four years, Venezuelans have endured widespread shortages of basic foods and medicines, skyrocketing crime and crumbling public infrastructure like electricity and running water. Masses of people demonstrated in the streets - demanding a presidential election, humanitarian aid and freedom for jailed opposition activists. Most protesters were peaceful, holding signs and chanting - others threw Molotov cocktails and rocks at government security forces, who responded with water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets. Over the chaotic months of 2017, at least 125 people died, thousands were injured and thousands were jailed.