Mercenaries, pandemic and riots in Venezuela: A grassroots perspective

by Federico Fuentes and Atenea Jiménez

Green Left | May 08, 2020

Incidents of looting have occurred in some small- and medium-sized towns, such as Upata, Bolivar state.

Venezuela is confronting COVID-19 amid foreign sanctions and mercenary incursions. Complicating matters further is the explosive combination of deep recession and a nationwide lockdown, which has triggered incidents of looting and riots.

Green Left’s Federico Fuentes spoke to National Network of Commune Activists spokesperson Atenea Jiménez to get a sense of what is happening in the country.

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Could you begin by talking about how the government has dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic?

Everyone recognises that the government acted quickly to implement all-encompassing measures.

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