Hyperinflation: Teachers in Venezuela demonstrate for better salaries

Numerous teachers and other civil servants as well as pensioners have demonstrated in the South American crisis country of Venezuela for higher wages and pensions.

Hyperinflation: Teachers in Venezuela demonstrate for better salaries

Numerous teachers and other civil servants as well as pensioners have demonstrated in the South American crisis country of Venezuela for higher wages and pensions. "This call, which teachers originally started, grew into something bigger," wrote the Venezuelan newspaper El Nacional on Monday (local time). "To a large demonstration attended by all the public service unions in the country."

For example, photos showed a protester putting chicken feet in a pot to draw attention to rampant poverty. "Our salary is a pittance, it's not enough for anything, what we get every month is a mockery," quoted "El Nacional" a teacher at a public school in the capital Caracas. Inflation in Venezuela rose to more than 300 percent last year, according to estimates by independent financial experts.

The country, ruled authoritarian by President Nicolás Maduro, has been in a deep political, economic and humanitarian crisis for years, despite one of the largest oil reserves in the world, which was exacerbated by the corona pandemic. The health system is on the ground. According to statistics, more than seven million people have left Venezuela because of poverty and violence.

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