Venezuelan oil basket opens 2013 above USD 100
The Ministry of Petroleum and Mining reported that in the week of December 31, 2012 to January 4, 2013, the Venezuelan oil basket price ended at USD 100.56 a barrel.
"Optimism about the US tax deal and favorable signs from China's economy shored up oil prices during the first week of the year," the ministry said in a press release.
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Brazil on March 13 to demand the ouster of embattled President Dilma Rousseff, carrying banners expressing anger at bribery scandals and economic woes. A banner read "We don't want a new Venezuela in Brazil."