Cafecito: What's going on in Venezuela?
Sponsored by Association of Latin@s and Allies in Public Service (ALAS)

Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Time: 2:30pm- 3:30pm
Location: 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Fl., NYC
                      The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue


On February 12th, thousands of students hit the streets in Venezuela's major cities leading a demonstration that demands better security, and an end to goods shortages and protected freedom of speech. However, as the protest began to gain support the government led by Nicolas Maduro, began to suppress them violently, ending in several students killed. Since then, a divided Venezuela, led by the younger student generations, has continued to march against the government repression, lack of security and economic conditions. Maduro has blamed the students of conspiring against the government, and has imprisoned the major opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, accusing him of terrorism. The demonstrations have not stopped and neither the repression.

In our cafecito we will discuss the implications of this movement for Venezuela and for the Latin-American region.