YPFP Policy Picnic


The Venezuela Crisis

Actuality has been marked in the past weeks by the mounting violence in Venezuela. The country has plunged into a severe economic crisis in the past years, leading to massive inflation (700%), food shortages and rationing.

Since last spring, millions of protesters have taken the streets in opposition to President Nicolas Maduro, the successor of Hugo Chavez at the head of the country. His detractors blame his Chavist policies for the crisis, and denounce his latest elections as a move to turn the country into a dictatorship. Supporters of Maduro, on the other side, accuse the opposition of attempting a “coup” through street protests, and claim the crisis was caused by a foreign attempt to destabilise the country.

The situation has only gone from bad to worse in the past weeks, as opposition leaders were arrested and more protesters were killed, while the Parliament, at the hand of the opposition since 2015, and the new Constitutional Assembly, elected this July and composed of 100% of pro-chavists, dispute each other’s right to legislate. What key-elements do we need to know to understand this crisis? Can the deep polarisation of the Venezuelan society lead to a civil war? What does this crisis reveal about politics in Latin America?

Expert or just curious, come and join us to discuss the situation around snacks and drinks! (and hopefully under the sun)

August 23, 2017 at 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Parc Cinquantenaire at the table near Schuman exit
Parc Cinquantenaire
Brussels 1000
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