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Venezuela shuts down its Internet after protests lead to deaths

Venezuelan government flicks off the Internet in the country after the protests begin getting out of hand.

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Anthony Garreffa
Published Sat, Feb 22 2014 4:19 PM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Over the past week or so, Venezuela has spiralled into chaos. Protests over the country's poor economy and food security have forced the government to not only shut down Twitter and TV in the country, but now the Internet has been completely cut off.

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Authorities shut down Internet access to a major city and its surrounding area, with state-run ISP, CANTV, which controls most of the country's Internet, cutting off the web to San Cristóbal, the capital city of the state of Tachira and one of the centers of the protests. During the week, the Venezuelan government restricted TV networks throughout the state, blocked parts of Twitter, Facebook, news sites, and more.

The riots have led to multiple deaths, with Bill Woodcock, an Internet traffic expert, talking with the Washington Post, who said that the country has "a pretty tight control over the Internet compared to other countries. Not as tight as Cuba, but probably tighter than anybody else".

Things aren't going well in the country at all, with a much better read on what's going on available here.

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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