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11 Apr 2019 | 02:05 PM UTC

Venezuela: Unions call for nationwide strike and protests April 11

Venezuela News Alert

Unions call for nationwide strike and associated protests on April 11; heightened security measures and transportation and business disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/11/2019, 12:30 AM until 4/14/2019, 12:29 AM (America/Caracas). COUNTRY/REGION Northern Venezuela

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The Central Unitaria de Trabajadores (CUT) has called for a nationwide strike and associated protests across Venezuela on Thursday, April 11. The call is supported by several unions and organizations across the country to denounce the government's new labor reforms, and demand increased wages and better public services.

Localized disruptions, including transportation disruptions, are likely in the coming hours. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out. Similar protests are likely over the coming days.


Venezuela is experiencing an ongoing crisis spurred by President Nicolás Maduro's inauguration to a second term as president on January 10 following last year's contested election, prompting the National Assembly to declare a national emergency. At least 50 foreign governments, including the US, Canada, and Brazil, among others, have since recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the interim head of state. Guaidó has reportedly coordinated several deliveries of humanitarian aid from neighboring states which have been blocked by the Maduro regime.


Individuals in Venezuela are advised to monitor developments to the situation, adhere to instructions issued by their home governments, keep battery-operated devices fully charged whenever possible due to periodic power outages, remain vigilant for criminal behavior and avoid conspicuous displays of wealth, refrain from discussing political topics in public or on social media, and avoid all public demonstrations due to the risk of violence and arrest. In addition, individuals are advised to be cautious when driving or crossing streets if traffic signals are not functional.

The security situation in Venezuela remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel


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