María Alvarez says she has been taking part in marches since 2002
Venezuelans angry with the government of President Nicolas Maduro have been taking to the streets almost daily since the beginning of April. Despite dozens of people being killed in protest-related violence, the demonstrations show little sign of abating.
(BBC News, Caracas) Here, demonstrators explain their reasons for protesting, and what they hope will come out of their efforts.
‘We’re fighting for our children!’ – María Alvarez, 57, breast cancer survivor (above)
There’s no freedom of expression here in Venezuela. There’s no freedom of any kind.
On top of that you have shortages of medicines, of goods.
This crisis is affecting my entire family. We have gone from being middle class to being much lower down.
Every day we’re worse