April 30 (UPI) — In response to protests and economic crisis, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro raised the nation’s minimum wage by another 60 percent on Sunday.
But none of the increases will come close to keeping up with the nation’s inflation, which is expected to rise by more than 1,600 percent this year.
Frustrated Venezuelans have lashed out in violent protests, which have killed at least 24 people.
On Sunday, Pope Francis called for an end to the violence.
During his weekly address in St. Peter’s Square, he decried a “grave humanitarian, social, political and economic crisis that is exhausting the population.”