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Abstract

For the better part of 2014, anti-government protests have been raging in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela. These protests received international attention when three people were killed on February 12th. Since then violence on the street has claimed 17 lives and injured hundreds of people. The protests, ostensibly anti-government in nature, were sparked by poor economic growth. Tensions have been brewing since the death of Hugo Chávez one year ago. Elections to replace Mr Chavez, which brought Nicolás Maduro to power, were widely viewed as fraudulent. So far, little has been done that has quieted the opposition, spurred on by the rally cries of their leader Leopoldo López; Mr López was jailed for inciting violence on February 12th.

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