Venezuelan Protests: Popular Discontent or the Old Qualms of a Divided Elite?
Posted on Mar 7, 2014
In a second program Friday, “Democracy Now!” hosts a debate on who is protesting in Venezuela and why. Margarita López Maya, a Venezuelan historian and political analyst with the Center for Development Studies at the Central University of Venezuela, engages Roberto Lovato, a writer with New American Media who recently returned from reporting in Caracas.
The program reports:
The ongoing protests in Venezuela have left at least 20 people dead since breaking out last month. Both sides have staged massive rallies, with opponents accusing President Nicolas Maduro of authoritarianism and mishandling the economy and supporters backing his continuation of Hugo Chavez’s legacy of social welfare. Maduro has bristled at outside attempts to intervene.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.