Tens of thousands of Venezuelans are ignoring government calls to go to the beach for the country’s Carnival celebration. Angry at the violence of the pro-government forces that have killed 18 people and still unable to afford basic necessities, they have chosen to skip the national holiday.
Instead, citizens are continuing what have become national protests calling for President Nicolas Maduro’s resignation. Traditionally, the celebration that precedes lent entails decorative parades and relaxing beach days. But the country’s extremely high inflation rates coupled with increasing unemployment has meant new realities for Venezuelan citizens.