News — March 04, 2014 by Jennifer Elias
Protests in Venezuela: Spreading Like Fire

This February, Venezuelan students have had enough with the government’s poor treatment, and neglect to abide by a set of strict laws, and they have demonstrated their anger in various ways this past month.

The incidents that sparked this uproar was the confession of a female student, alleging that she was a victim of attempted rape. The violence in Venezuela is at an all time high, having the 5th highest murder rate in the world, according to BBC News. After this incident, the students began protesting in order for the government to increase the student security.

Inflation and shortages of basic needs like food and water have also contributed to the rage of the students. In the state of Tachira the violence has escalated to the point where several students have been arrested. The violence peaked when three people were shot by policemen on February 12th. The two people who have been heavy instigators are Leopoldo Lopez and Maria Corina Machado.

These students are demanding that the people detained from previous marches, get released. There are rumors that the people detained are being tortured, and since then, an investigation has gone under way to make sure this is not the case. Of course President Maduro has denied the allegations, and since then has ordered for a media blackout, but the students won’t stop until he resigns.

President Maduro fails to acknowledge his faults and has referred to the protesters as fascists, and BBC News claims that he has “ blamed Mr Lopez for inciting the violence,” who is now in jail. The Venezuelan government has been accused of “unacceptable violence” by President Obama, and he is not the only one who is criticizing the Venezuelan government.

Many celebrities like the current Bachelor, Juan Pablo, Ricky Martin, Madonna, Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama have taken to twitter to show their support in favor of the Venezuelan citizens. President Maduro is being put under the microscope and is being judged by millions of people all over the world for his unjust actions against students.

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