Earlier this week, police in Venezuela killed a 14-year-old boy during anti-government protests. The shooting occurred in San Cristobal, the same place where last year’s deadly anti-government demonstrations happened. President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, was quick to denounce the killing, but he also defended the police. Last month, Maduro’s administration implemented a policy to let police use deadly, brutal force in order to control protests. He stated that “armed repression is not allowed in Venezuela,” but professors, opposition politicians, and humans right groups are severely condemning the new rule. In the recent years, Venezuela’s economy has taken a huge hit due to the sudden decrease in oil prices, which is the country’s main export. These protests have calmed down since last year, but the boy’s death could be the start of a new wave of violence that the country may be sadly expecting.
Contributor: Chelsea Edirisuriya