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Pope calls for end to Venezuela violence, prays for victims

03 Juillet 2017

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is raising salaries as he attempts to overcome major protests in his country.

Maduro said on his Sunday television show that the minimum wage will rise 50 percent starting this month.

Venezuela has the world's biggest oil reserves, but a collapse in energy prices has drained its revenues, prompting shortages of food, medicine and basic goods along with soaring violent crime and a stratospherically high inflation rate. A thousand dollars bought in local currency when Maduro was elected would be worth just $3 today.

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"Following the immoral campaign that fixes prices through a false dollar overseas ... we are going to put the handcuffs on ... the whole campaign of speculation", said Maduro on state television, adding that the rise would be effective retroactively from July 1.

There have been nearly daily protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro for the past three months.

Pope calls for end to Venezuela violence, prays for victims