2. Much of the unrest can be traced to Hugo Chavez nationalizing the oil industry in 2006. Rising oil prices since 2000 buoyed his regime, but declining production and oil prices led to a host of problems.
3. Chief among them was inflation, which reached 56.2% in 2013 and is expected to reach 60% this year, according to CNN. Inflation has led to food shortages and Venezuela has been beset with skyrocketing crime.
6. Three were killed and countless were injured in clashes with police. Fusion correspondent Mariana Atencio is in Venezuela and told BuzzFeed the anger can be traced back to a Henrique Capriles’ loss by 1% to current President Nicolas Maduro.
7. The former candidate for president and current governor of Miranda, Capriles urged his supporters not to take to the streets after last year’s election. “He said we’re not going to fight these results, there’s going to be violence,” Atencio said.
11. On Feb. 16, Maduro expelled three American diplomats from the country, accusing them of supporting the student protests. “We are determined to defend our country,” he said on state television Sunday night.
15. After being accused by the government of being the mastermind behind protests, violence, and damages, Lopez made a video calling people to the streets again. He said he would show up and give himself to police.
16. His wife posted moving images of his actions on Wednesday as she said goodbye. Lopez was charged with murder, terrorism, arson, and conspiracy. Murder and terrorism charges were dropped Thursday but he still faces 10 years in jail.
28. “They haven’t been politicized,” she said. “They’re not entirely associated with the opposition. People romanticize these students because they’re a-political so to speak. They just want food on the table and want crime to stop.”
29. Fabiana Papaianni, who has worked for Capriles in Venezuela since 2012, has been working with Miguel Pizarro, a member of the national assembly to identify and help free students who have been detained.
30. She told BuzzFeed that 422 people have been detained as of Thursday night. “Only 14 have been sentenced and are under arrest (6 under home arrest), 192 have been let go … and 216 have been detained in the past few days,” and are awaiting arraignment.
32. So where do things go from here? Atencio says a Saturday rally is planned, though some opposition members are afraid to go for fear of violence from the government. “People are getting tired,” she said. “It depends how many people show up.”