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Dark Days

May 17, 2017
Reuters /

Venezuela’s fortunes rise and fall with the price of oil, and when crude prices tanked in 2014, its economy was thrown into chaos. A government that had relied on oil revenues to fund social spending suddenly came up short of hard currency for imports, causing shortages of every kind. As Nicolas Maduro’s government struggles to contain the crisis, hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest his government.