5,268 protests reported in Venezuela during first nine months of 2016

The Observatorio Venezolano de Conflictividad Social (OVCS) reported on 18 October 2016 that there were 5,268 protests in Venezuela between January and September 2016. According to the OVCS, there were 543 protests in September 2016, equivalent to eighteen protests per day, an 11 percent increase compared to September 2015 (Tal Cual). La Patilla noted, in September 2016, the OVCS recorded 118 protests over food scarcity and shortages (22 percent), 110 protests over housing and basic services (20 percent), 106 protests over political rights (19.5 percent), 101 protests over security (18.5 percent), 91 protests over workers' rights (17 percent), and 17 protests over education (3 percent). The OVCS documented 21 cases of looting and 33 cases of attempted looting in September 2016, an increase of over 100 percent year-on-year, and recorded 678 cases of looting or attempted looting over the first nine months of 2016 (Tal Cual).