Venezuela is a federal republic located on the northern coast of South America. The world's largest oil reserves were discovered in the early 20th century.
The recovery of oil prices in the early 2000s gave Venezuela an economic boost. The government of Victor Chavez in Caracas then established populist policies that initially boosted the economy and increased social spending, significantly reducing economic inequality and poverty. These policies later became controversial since they destabilized the nation's economy, resulting in hyperinflation, an economic depression and a drastic increase in poverty. Here you can find an automatic compilation of all DW content on Venezuela.
Political unrest in Venezuela erupted on April 1 as government opposition groups responded to a Supreme Court decision to strip the legislative branch of its power. Protesters are now calling for "no more dictatorship."
Chaos continues to reign in the streets of Venezuela as demonstrators clash with riot police. At least 38 people have died and more than 700 have been injured. For DW's Jenipher Camino Gonzalez, these protesters are courageous in the face of violence.