Last April 25, Venezuelan authorities informed citizens that the right to public protest “is not absolute and, therefore, admits restrictions.” This resolution, handed down by the Supre- me Court of Justice and signed into law by the president of that country, Nicolás Maduro, attempts to impose limits on the waves of protests unleashed in February of this year. Characterized by a magnitude of violence unseen in decades, according to the experts, these manifestations unquestionably reflect a crisis of uncertain prognosis. Political insta- bility has accompanied Maduro since his first day in office, following highly controversial elections in which the difference tipping the vote in his favor was of just 1.4%.
In this issue of Literal, we try to offer two points of view regarding the current situation in Venezuela: that of the critics and that of the sympathizers. To this end, we have prepared 10 fundamental questions regarding the crisis, its causes, and its possible outcomes: all this, with the objective of providing a panorama the reader can use to arrive at his or her own conclusions.