Wondering how the protests in Venezuela escalated? Here's a primer on how Venezuela got here, starting with Hugo Chavez's election 15 years ago and the economic policies his government and successor Nicolas Maduro have taken.

For more on the recent protests, what's at stake, and how activists are getting around what appears to be a government attempt to block Twitter, see Mariana Atencio's story, Protests in Venezuela May Shake Balance of Power.

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Latest Venezuela Protests Casualty Was Local Beauty Queen

The death toll rises in Venezuela, with 22-year-old Genesis Carmona, a student and beauty queen, shot in the head in the city of Valencia during a protest.