Whatever happens following "the mother of all protests" in Venezuela on April 19, political uncertainty looks guaranteed and will be embraced by organized crime. Below, InSight Crime looks at some of the potential scenarios in Venezuela's short-term future, and their criminal implications.
Venezuela's capital Caracas has been ranked as the world's deadliest city for a second year in a row, while Latin America still dominates the annual list with 43 of the 50 most violent urban centers.
Venezuela's Supreme Court reversed a recent decision that annulled the opposition-controlled National Assembly's legislative powers, a significant turnaround in a country where political decisions have substantial impacts on organized crime dynamics.
Venezuela's highest court has stripped the opposition-led National Assembly of its legislative duties, a sign the government is intent on consolidating power even as the country slips further into chaos, and crime and violence reach unprecedented levels.*