Sunday 8 December 2019

Security forces move in on Venezuela protest cradle

Protesters clash with Venezuelan police in the capital, Caracas. Miguel Guitierrez
Protesters clash with Venezuelan police in the capital, Caracas. Miguel Guitierrez
An opposition demonstrator clashes with members of Venezuela's Bolivarian police during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela. Photo: EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ

Philip Sherwell in San Cristobal

AFTER weeks of protests that have rocked his government, Venezuela's left-wing president Nicolas Maduro ordered his security forces to regain control of San Cristobal, the birthplace of the unrest.

Their mission was to destroy the barricades that have paralysed life in this opposition stronghold.

The student-led protests that erupted here in early February over violent crime, food shortages and price rises quickly spread across Venezuela.

But after two days of operations, the army's General Vladimir Padrino declared yesterday that security forces had "ended the curfew imposed by terrorists" in San Cristobal.

However, Suimey Sanchez (23), a medical student, insisted, "Our campaign of resistance is not going to end." (©Daily Telegraph, London)

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