Protests in Venezuela
Venezuela’s Supreme Court, made up of judges loyal to President Nicolas Maduro, seized power from the National Assembly last week. The ruling effectively does away with the elected legislature, which is led primarily by opponents of Maduro. Protests followed the decision, and when violence broke out, two persons were killed and several more were injured. President Maduro deployed the Venezuelan army to back up the police, resulting in the arrest of 500 protesters and reports of tear gassing and beatings.
God, we lift prayers for the people of Venezuela who are struggling to survive. As so many take to the streets in protest, we pray that their voices might be heard. We pray for an end to the tyrannical rule there, and we ask for leadership that treats people with dignity and offers solutions to the economic, political, and social unrest plaguing that country.