Published Apr 21, 2017 at 12:35 PM | Updated at 12:38 PM PDT on Apr 21, 2017
In the largest protests in years, tens of thousands of Venezuelans have flooded into the streets to demonstrate against the government of Nicolas Maduro and demand elections.
The collapse of global oil prices in late 2014 severely impacted Venezuela's economy, which was structured around exports of its energy reserves. As oil prices continued declining, Venezuela's situation deteriorated, with the government unable to pay for imports of basic medical and food supplies.
Food shortages have ravaged the country for months, and economic inflation is expected to reach 720.5 percent this year, according to the International Monetary Fund.