Venezuela Unrest

Photographs by Alvaro Ybarra Zavala

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Over the past few weeks and months there has been increasing unrest within Venezuela against the leadership and government of President Maduro. The protests have been driven by supporters of the opposition, but predominantly by students, and have seen pro-government marches and violence in response, with increasing levels of bloodshed, and deaths on both sides (official figures say 31 but reports on the ground suggest the number could be significantly higher).

Reportage photographer Alvaro Ybarra Zavala traveled to Venezuela in February to document the protest movement in Caracas amongst the student protestors, and again in March to cover the situation in San Cristobal which is there birthplace of the protests, where the situation is escalating into increasingly violent clashes.

With the world watching on, and some neighboring Latin American countries speaking out against the actions of the Venezuelan government in their crackdown on the protests, the situation looks like it will get worse before it gets better. President Maduro has increasingly accused the protestors of being armed extremists trying to stage a coup, has used the police and armed forces to clamp down on them, and is carrying out a policy of rounding up and arresting any leading figures in the protest movement.