Bureau Chief, Andean Region
Andrew's Feed
Feb 20, 2015

Venezuela opposition urges release of mayor accused of coup plot

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan opposition leaders on Friday demanded the release of a Caracas mayor arrested after what they called false accusations that he was involved in a U.S.-backed coup plot against President Nicolas Maduro.

Intelligence agents took Caracas metropolitan Mayor Antonio Ledezma from his office on Thursday and were holding the veteran politician at their Helicoide headquarters while a judge decides if he will be formally charged, supporters said.

Feb 13, 2015

Violence flares in Venezuela on anniversary of 2014 fatalities

CARACAS/SAN CRISTOBAL (Reuters) – Venezuelan security forces faced off with stone-wielding protesters on Thursday as supporters of President Nicolas Maduro also rallied on the anniversary of last year’s fatal unrest.

The flare-ups, in the volatile western city of San Cristobal and the capital Caracas, recalled four months of protests and violence in 2014 killing 43 people and underlined just how tense the South American OPEC nation remains.

Feb 12, 2015

Venezuelan soldiers, students face off at anti-Maduro rallies

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan troops blocked students during marches against President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday as pro-government supporters also rallied on the anniversary of 2014 protests that led to 43 deaths.

National Guard soldiers and police used teargas in the volatile western city of San Cristobal against student demonstrators who tossed rocks and Molotov cocktails.

Feb 6, 2015

Venezuela angry at UK over ‘spy glasses’ smuggled into Lopez trial

CARACAS, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s top prosecutor is
seeking an explanation from Britain about a diplomat’s role in
an attempt to film the trial of opposition protest leader
Leopoldo Lopez using video glasses.

The incident occurred in a Caracas courtroom last week when
Lopez’s father, also called Leopoldo, sought to find a
surreptitious way of documenting his son’s appearance by
sneaking in a pair of recording glasses.

Feb 3, 2015

Adventurers flock to Venezuela’s ‘Lost World’ mountain

MOUNT RORAIMA, Venezuela (Reuters) – A mystic, flat-topped mountain on the Venezuela-Brazil border that perplexed 19th-century explorers and inspired “The Lost World” novel is attracting ever more modern-day adventurers.

Once impenetrable to all but the Pemon indigenous people, several thousand hikers a year now make the three-day trek across savannah, through rivers, under a waterfall and along a narrow path scaling the cliffs of Mount Roraima.

Jan 29, 2015

In violent Venezuela, police killings surge to almost one a day

CARACAS (Reuters) – After finishing a routine overnight shift, Venezuelan policeman Edgar Perez was walking home from the bus stop when two armed men pulled up on a motorbike.

Perez, 41, had time to draw his gun and injure one of the attackers in the shootout near his modest home in the town of Ocumare del Tuy outside Caracas, but the other shot him in the head and took his weapon.

Jan 22, 2015

Bonds slip, foes gripe at Venezuela’s economic changes

CARACAS, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Venezuelan bond prices edged
down on Thursday while opponents savaged economic changes by
President Nicolas Maduro that included a seeming devaluation of
the currency and an imminent rise in domestic gasoline prices.

Under pressure over the OPEC member’s recession, product
shortages and plunging oil revenues, Maduro has opted to keep a
complex three-tier currency control system, though bands have
been shifted to ensure more dollars are sold at higher levels.

Jan 22, 2015

Bonds slip, foes gripe at Maduro’s Venezuela economic changes

CARACAS, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Venezuelan bonds edged down on
Thursday while opponents lampooned economic changes by President
Nicolas Maduro that included a seeming devaluation of the
currency and an imminent rise in domestic gasoline prices.

Under pressure over the OPEC member’s recession, product
shortages and plunging oil revenues, Maduro has opted to keep a
complex three-tier currency control system, though bands have
been shifted to ensure more dollars are sold at higher levels.

Jan 22, 2015

President pushes currency, fuel reforms for ailing Venezuela

CARACAS, Jan 21 (Reuters) – President Nicolas Maduro shook
up complex currency controls on Wednesday and also prepared
Venezuelans for a rise in the world’s cheapest fuel prices in
response to a recession worsened by plunging oil revenue.

The socialist-run OPEC member’s economy shrank 2.8 percent
in 2014 while inflation topped 64 percent, the socialist leader
announced in a speech to parliament, in what is almost certainly
the worst performance in Latin America.

Jan 22, 2015

Venezuela’s economy shrunk 2.8 percent in 2014: Maduro

CARACAS (Reuters) – OPEC member Venezuela’s recession-hit economy shrunk 2.8 percent in 2014 while inflation topped 64 percent, President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday, in almost certainly the worst performance in Latin America.

In his annual address to parliament, the 52-year-old successor to Hugo Chavez blamed political foes and an “economic war” for Venezuela’s dismal data.

    • About Andrew

      "Andrew Cawthorne is a British journalist who has worked for Reuters since 1992 on various assignments in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Prior to that, Andrew worked on newspapers for several years."
    • Follow Andrew