Venezuela Protests Continue as Death Toll Rises
Socialist President Nicolas Maduro is trying to gather public support to put an end to violent anti-government protests. Demonstrators have been setting fire to trash and building barricades in the capital Caracas to denounce the administration’s inability to address rampant crime, unemployment and food shortages. Maduro says the violent security crackdown, in which 13 people have died, is the fault of the opposition for trying to destabilize his government. But playing the blame game is doing little to ease the country’s worst unrest in a decade.