Sunday, July 23

The Battle for Venezuela, Through a Lens, Helmet and Gas Mask


Antigovernment protesters celebrating in May after seizing control of the Francisco Fajardo Highway through Caracas.
"CARACAS, Venezuela — Motley throngs of masked antigovernment protesters hurl rocks, fireworks and Molotov cocktails. The police and soldiers retaliate with tear gas, water cannon blasts, rubber bullets and buckshot. An uprising is brewing in Venezuela. Nearly every day for more than three months, thousands have taken to the streets to vent fury at President Nicolás Maduro and his increasingly repressive leadership. These confrontations often turn into lopsided and sometimes lethal street brawls — more than 90 people have been killed and more than 3,000 arrested. I have worked as a photojournalist for The New York Times in Venezuela for nine years, and for the past two have focused on the plight of Venezuelans struggling with the worst economic crisis in the country’s history. I have witnessed their growing anger as food and medicine disappear and Mr. Maduro’s authoritarianism intensifies. ..."
NY Times

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