Timeline of Events1999 – Hugo Chávez is elected as president of Venezuela.
In this picture, Hugo addresses the crowd in campaigns prior to his election.2013 – Hugo Chávez dies at 58, and Nicolas Maduro takes over temporarily. This is the funeral of Hugo Chavez, with Nicolas Maduro on the far left. Six weeks after his death, Venezuela holds a special presidential election. Maduro wins narrowly by a mere 50.
6 percent of the vote.In late 2014, oil prices plummet and Venezuela’s economy crashes. This graph depicts the price of crude oil over time, and this part of the graph shows the sudden drop in oil prices. In late March of the same year, Maduro’s loyalist-stacked Supreme Court makes a ruling that effectively dissolves the opposition-controlled legislative branch (known as the National Assembly) .
The Supreme Court has stripped the National Assembly of its powers and taken them for itself, but chooses to reverse the decision within a few days after the move sparked mass protests. A National Constituent Assembly is an elected temporary parliament that has the power to draft or reform the Constitution. Members of Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly, shown above, have rejected allegations that the opposition-led National Assembly was dissolved.
Three months later in July, Venezuela holds a rigged election for a legislative superbody, and it successfully replaces the opposition-controlled National Assembly. It becomes the nation’s sole legislative body, dissolving the democratically elected congress.Disrespect for the PeopleVenezuela has the highest inflation rate in the world, so food and medicine are unaffordable for Venezuela’s poor.
This is gradually becoming a more widespread issue, as the poor make up 82% of the country’s population. As time goes on and nothing is done to stop it, that percentage will only increase.Another big issue: the country’s murder rate has exceeded those of the most dangerous cities in the world. Before Venezuela can fix its food deficits, it should keep the people from murdering each other in the first place.What’s even more disturbing is the fact that, as Maduro gains power, this dangerous and corrupt situation would land into his own hands. Maduro would become the only one with enough power to initiate change, though it doesn’t seem as if he is willing to do so.
An Ongoing TyrannyIn an attempt to overthrow Maduro and establish a fair government, countless protests have taken place. They have left more than 130 dead and thousands more injured. In an attempt to silence the protesters, Maduro has threatened to punish opposition leaders with jail terms. This seems to be more than an autocrat ignoring the cries of the people.
It has become a matter of freedom of speech and expression.On the board I have shown the causes of death for these protesters. Not surprisingly, they were caused by allies of the government.