The payment raises questions about where exactly the government obtained the money, since the country is facing a crippling economic crisis as well as shortages of basic goods, like food, medicine, and even fuel.
The Venezuelan government has paid 2.5 billion dollars to bond holders of the state oil company. The payment came as a surprise to many, since the country is facing a crippling economic crisis and shortages of basic goods like food, medicine - and fuel.
For nearly a week now, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans have been taking to the streets almost daily in a renewed push by the opposition to pressure Nicolas Maduro to leave office.
TRT World's Anelise Borges reports.