In Venezuela, people have a hard time finding enough food to eat, and the anger that's already bubbling over into the streets is likely to get worse.
Last week, thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets, demanding a referendum to oust sitting President Nicolas Maduro. The New York Times reported last Wednesday that 73 protesters were injured after clashing with police in Merida, a city in northwestern Venezuela. This week, the Vatican interceded directly between Maduro and his opponents to try to head off more violence and dissuade protesters from taking to the streets again.
The latest mass protests were triggered after Maduro's government on Oct. 20 blocked a referendum that would've allowed for his legal removal from power. Had the referendum passed, Venezuela would have been able to elect a new president. But if it's not held before Jan. 10, Maduro's party will remain in power until 2019.
"After doing everything possible to slow down the recall effort of President Nicolas Maduro, the election commission finally suspended it all together. There's no legal mechanism left to remove the leadership, which means the resumption of major anti-Maduro street protests and demonstrations, and the state-supported repression to keep it under 'control,'" Ian Bremmer, president of research firm the Eurasia Group, said in a note.