Venezuelan Protesters Resist the Lure of the Beach

Protesters establish makeshift beaches on the streets in Caracas on March 1 Photograph by Carlos Becerra/ZUMAPRESS

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro thought he had a perfect way to defuse student protests that have rocked the country for a month and snowballed into the biggest challenge of his 10-month-old presidency. Maduro extended the Carnival holiday by two days, hoping that university students would find the allure of the country’s Caribbean beaches irresistible and leave their protests behind. He was wrong.

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