Moving Images From Protests on the Streets of Venezuela – Slideshow

By: Helena Ball - Apr 27, 2017, 1:29 pm



Venezuelans took to the streets in the hundreds of thousands again Wednesday to demand a return to democracy. At least three are confirmed dead from clashes with the national police, adding to the toll of 26 from the past weeks of protests. More than a thousand have been arrested, with little information as to their whereabouts or the conditions or their detention.

But despite the violent repression, civilians remain on the streets. Opposition leaders call it “the road with no return,” saying that they will remain on the streets until democracy is reinstated. Venezuelans are suffering from hunger, lack of basic medical supplies, spiraling inflation, and rampant crime–all a result of the crippling 21st Century Socialism policies instated by the country’s regime.

Click through to see some images of Wednesday’s protest in Venezuela’s capital city, Caracas. (Images by photographer Leo Alvarez for the PanAm Post.)

The National Guard advances with armored trucks, tear gas bombs and massive water guns towards protesters.
Thousands of protesters are forced to run back as the guard approaches.
National Guard shoots tear gas bombs at unarmed protesters.
Protester in the midst of tear gas.
The repression continued throughout the day.
National Guard shooting protesters from armored trucks.
Venezuelans stayed on the streets, fighting for freedom and democracy, despite efforts to disperse the protest.
Thursday, Venezuelans will march again to honor the fallen; Friday they will take to the streets to demand the release of political prisoners; and next Monday, opposition leaders called for "The Great Siege of Caracas."

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Helena is managing editor of the PanAm Post. She previously worked at Inc. Magazine, the Financial Times' fDi Magazine, and London-based business newspaper City A.M. Helena holds a master’s degree in business and economic reporting from New York University and a bachelor's degree in economic history from the London School of Economics. Follow her @helemball