Venezuela Update: Is the end of violence finally in sight after two months of deadly anti-government protests?
In February, I highlighted the Venezuela protests with depiction of protesters taking to the streets to fight against corruption in the government, high inflation, and a high murder rate. At least three people were confirmed to have been killed during anti-government protests by “armed vigilantes on motorcycles.”
After nearly two months of protests, 39 deaths, and and hundreds of people detained after confrontations with Venezuela security forces, talks between the government and opposition are in the works. BBC News reports that an umbrella opposition group says it is willing to enter into talks with the government as long as certain conditions are met.
According to BBC News:
In a letter addressed to the Unasur delegation, the umbrella opposition group Table for Democratic Unity (MUD) said it was “willing to hold a true dialogue, with a clear agenda, equal conditions [for both sides] and the first meeting of which will be transmitted live on national radio and television channels”.
Additionally, the opposition wishes to have a third, independent involved in the talks in order to facilitate the process.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro earlier agreed to meet with members of the opposition, reports the Latin Times. Unasur and the Vatican have made offers to act as observers, and President Maduro said he “accepted” the Unasur proposal, according to BBC News.
On Sunday, a graphic video depicting the Venezuelan people confronting the government for control of the streets was posted to Youtube.
Watch it below: