La Resistencia, James Forde



A once super rich oil nation, Venezuela is now home to some of the highest crime statistics on the planet, hyper currency inflation, a severely damaged health care system, and massive food shortages due to complete lack of agricultural production. April 2017 marked the start of an explosive four months of street protests that would leave 130 people dead. Daily, the streets were filled with protesters, armed with stones, fireworks, Molotov cocktails, and homemade shields, while the local police forces and National Guard fired tear gas, rubber bullets, marbles, water cannons, and also fire arms in their direction.

Youths organised, creating groups for different areas, mapping and planning, avoiding any risk of government infiltrations. On the 30th July 2017, a referendum for constitutional change went ahead and was accepted. This was a huge blow to “La Resistencia” that seemed impossible to come back from. As time goes on, Venezuela becomes more and more isolated. The country as a whole has a very uncertain future, though one thing is for sure, that things will most likely get a lot worse before they get better.

Published by PhotoIreland
Edition of 200
36 pages
148 × 210 mm

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