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16 Powerful Photos of Political Corruption Protests in Venezuela

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While the world has focused on the more than 20 million people in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, and Yemen facing starvation and malnourishment, there are people on the opposite side of the planet enduring similar hardship, not because of drought or civil war, but economic crisis.

Since last fall, Venezuela has experienced massive inflation compounded by political corruption. People are skipping meals because they can’t afford rising food costs. Medical supplies are also unavailable. Infant and maternal mortality rates are rising as a result, according to Human Rights Watch.

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Meanwhile, government officials deny there is a crisis while its expansion of a food voucher program has been ineffective.

Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro claim he has become a dictator after a Supreme Court decision in late March granted him powers of the opposition-led congress, Reuters reports.

Though the court overturned the most controversial part of the decision, the damage was done. The anti-Maduro movement was reenergized.  

As people are taking to the streets, the situation is becoming increasingly volatile. Recently, demonstrators have been killed, including a 14-year-old boy who was shot.

Experts predict that nationwide protests are set to continue until Maduro resigns and state elections are set.

Like the millions in east Africa and Yemen, the people of Venezuela face man-made poverty stemming from political instability. These powerful images show Venezuela’s internal struggle.

Venezuela_Protests_015.jpgDemonstrators sit on the road, behind a Venezuelan flag, as they block Francisco de Miranda highway after a homage to Juan Pablo Pernalete in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, April 27, 2017.
Image: Fernando Llano/AP

Venezuela_Protests_016.jpgA woman cries during an homage to Juan Pablo Pernalete in Caracas, Venezuela, April 27. Pernalete, the latest victim of Venezuela's unrest, was killed during protests Wednesday when he was struck by a tear gas canister fired by security forces.
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Venezuela_Protests_001.jpgAnti-government protesters block a highway in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 24, 2017. Opponents to President Nicolas Maduro shut down main roads around the country as the protest movement against his administration is entering its fourth week.
Image: Fernando Llano/AP

Venezuela_Protests_002.jpgA woman holds up a sign with a message that reads in Spanish: "Out Maduro" standing in the middle of a road during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 24, 2017.
Image: Ariana Cubillos/AP

Venezuela_Protests_003.jpgA couple hold hands at a road block set by anti-government protesters in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 24, 2017.
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Venezuela_Protests_004.jpgAn anti-government protester stands in front of burning barricade on a highway in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 24, 2017.
Image: Ariana Cubillos/AP

Venezuela_Protests_005.jpgAn anti-government protester wears a mask with the image of jailed opposition leader Antonio Ledezma, at a road block in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 24, 2017.
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Venezuela_Protests_006.jpgA protester carries a white flower during a silent protest in homage to the at least 20 people killed in unrest generated after the nation's Supreme Court stripped congress of its last powers, a decision it later reversed, in Caracas, Venezuela, April 22.
Image: Fernando Llano/AP

Venezuela_Protests_007.jpgPeople protest in homage to the at least 20 people killed in unrest generated after the nation's Supreme Court stripped congress of its last powers, a decision it later reversed, during a silent march to the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference on April 22.
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Venezuela_Protests_008.jpgAn anti-government protester kicks a tear gas canister during clashes with security forces in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, April 20, 2017.
Image: Fernando Llano/AP

Venezuela_Protests_009.jpgParamedics assist a man injured during clashes with security forces during protests asking for the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, April 20, 2017.
Image: Ariana Cubillos/AP

Venezuela_Protests_010.jpgA demonstrator stands atop an overpass during anti-government protests in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, April 19, 2017.
Image: Fernando Llano/AP

Venezuela_Protests_011.jpgA demonstrator returns a canister of tear gas towards security forces during anti-government protests in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, April 19, 2017.
Image: Fernando Llano/AP

Venezuela_Protests_012.jpgA man screams during an anti-government protest in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, April 13, 2017.
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Venezuela_Protests_013.jpgA woman holds up a banner with the image of Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles as people gather for a demonstration against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, April 8, 2017. Capriles was banned from running for office for 15 years
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Venezuela_Protests_014.jpgDemonstrators protest against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, April 6, 2017.
Image: Fernando Llano/AP