Military Capabilities

Country Risk Watch - April 2014

13 March 2014

Security crackdown will not stop anti-Maduro protests in Venezuela

University students and civil society groups are likely to continue staging anti-government protests and roadblocks in Venezuela, despite incumbent president Nicolás Maduro's calls for dialogue. The protests, which Maduro has said constitute a "coup in motion", have continued despite heavy use of force by the security forces.

At least 25 people had been killed during the protests at the time of going to press - most of them protesters. Hundreds of others have been wounded or arrested, amid reports of human rights violations including excessive use of force, the use of live ammunition, shooting rubber bullets at short range, and even allegations of torture reported by local human rights group Foro Penal Venezolano.

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