Venezuelan opposition calls for more mass protests

Venezuelan opposition calls for more mass protests

Dozens had to slide down a concrete embankment and into the Guaire River to escape the noxious fumes.

Opposition members set up a barricade during a protest in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

Jorban Contreras, a paramedic and director of the civil protection unit in Tachira state, said the woman already was dead from a gunshot wound to her chest when he arrived. In addition, a demonstration took place at the Venezuelan embassy in Washington.

"This is the moment", said Raquel Belfort, a 42-year-old protester in wealthier eastern Caracas on Thursday, sporting a hat in the yellow, blue and red colors of the Venezuelan flag.

But a Supreme Court decision in March to assume the powers of the opposition-led Congress sparked a wave of protests that have not ebbed, even though the court has partly reversed the measure in the face of worldwide condemnation. She told VOA that Venezuela's opposition supporters would continue peaceful protests. They then launched rocks and Molotov cocktails against lines of police and national guardsmen who responded with tear gas in cat-and-mouse skirmishes likely to last deep into the night.

The president of Venezuela donated $500,000 (£391,000) to Donald Trump's inauguration fund despite the country suffering severe economic problems and food shortages. They called a rally, too.

Two Dead, at least 57 Injured and over 400 Arrested The director of the Venezuelan Criminal Forum said the lawyers who advise the arrested are constantly updating and verifying the figures in the capital as well as in the 23 states of Venezuela, as “too many cases had been registered in only one day”.

The tensions were further provoked when Venezuela's opposition party's leader received a 15-year ban from all political work.

Maduro was expected to address the counter march of government supporters later Wednesday, which is a holiday celebrating Venezuela's declaration of independence from Spain two centuries ago.

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The opposition wants Maduro's removed, new elections and the release of political prisoners, including opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who was jailed in early 2014.

Opposition marchers included Liliana Machuca, whose face was covered in a white, sticky substance to protect herself from the risky effects of tear gas.

"Venezuela is threatened. This is the first time we are carrying out an exercise of this nature in the country...it's going to be in every strategic region."
Last July, the government said it would take over a factory belonging to Kimberly-Clark Corp. after the American personal care giant said it was no longer possible to manufacture because materials weren't available in Venezuela.

Venezuela's opposition says it will stage the "mother of all marches" on Wednesday, accusing President Nicolas Maduro of resorting to dictatorial measures to quash popular outrage over a deepening economic crisis.

The most recent protests against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro started in Venezuela after the country's Supreme Court attempted to take on the legislative functions of the country's National Assembly, controlled by the opposition.

Ricardo Rios, a mathematics professor at Central University in Caracas, said that Wednesday's march, organized by a coalition of opposition parties, was larger than the last major demonstration in September.

Foreign governments are also warning about the increasingly bellicose rhetoric and repressive stance of the government.

Maduro this week said he was dramatically expanding civilian militias created by Chavez and giving each member a gun. In the past, the groups known as collectives have operated like shock troops firing on protesters as security forces stand by. "His response to a rogue nation taking over the assets of a brand name US company will be indicative of the road it wants to take with Venezuela".

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