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Pope Francis Says He Fears Bloodshed as Venezuela Braces for More Protests

January 28, 2019

Pope Francis has said he fears bloodshed in Venezuela as the South American country braces for a week of fresh protests against its embattled president, Nicolás Maduro...

Pope Francis is not alone in fearing violence in the oil-rich but economically devastated South American nation...

Eric Farnsworth, a former US diplomat and vice-president of the Council of the Americas, said: “I think there is potential for actual chaos on the ground.

“Things on the ground have been very bad. Citizens have been leaving. But what we haven’t seen is a breakdown of civil authority … I think you could have security forces fighting each other. You could have further street protest and I think we have to be very mindful that Caracas – where everybody is focused – that is only one part of the country.

“I’m not willing to commit at this stage that [civil war] is where Venezuela is heading but I think that is one possible scenario,” Farnsworth added...

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