Why are protests rocking Venezuela now?

Why are protests rocking Venezuela now?

They were met by curtains of tear gas and rubber bullets as they tried to march to downtown Caracas.

Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest in Caracas, April 20, 2017. There, he asked officers to allow the protesters to assemble peacefully, and held out a Bible.

To this day, the Chinese government continues to censor that image - one that much of the world regards as a symbol of the "pro-democracy protests in the country at the time".

Three people were killed on Wednesday when opponents of President Nicolas Maduro took to the streets to march. The oil giant sought compensation of $16.6 billion and the company went to win a $1.4 billion judgment, but earlier this year the arbitration panel determined that Venezuela had to pay only $180 million. At least five people were injured in one disturbance a short distance from Caracas' main military base.

Fifty-four children were evacuated from a hospital in the neighborhood.

"I denounce before the global community that armed gangs hired by the opposition attacked a maternity hospital with 54 children", Rodriguez tweeted. Venezuela's government has not commented.

Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets again Thursday to demand elections and denounce what they consider an increasingly dictatorial government.

The three deaths bring to eight the number of people killed since protests began three weeks ago over the Supreme Court's decision to strip the opposition-controlled Congress of its last remaining powers, a move that was later reversed amid a storm of global criticism.

General Motors said Thursday that Venezuelan authorities had seized its vehicle assembly plant in the country, adding to the chaos in the already-struggling auto industry there.

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Indeed, the opposition launched "the mother of all protests" on Wednesday, accusing Maduro of creating a dictatorship. GM has about 2,700 workers in the country, where it's been the market leader for over 35 years.

Last summer, the Maduro government seized a plant owned by United States personal care giant Kimberly-Clark Corp, renamed it after local indigenous warrior known for battling Spanish colonial authorities, and declared the facility to be reborn "in the hands of the workers".

South American operations, which include Venezuela, account for about 6 percent GM's total sales. The country's Supreme Court recently attempted to strip the opposition-controlled parliament of its powers, sending hundreds of thousands of protesters into the streets of Caracas and other major cities. Venezuelans are suffering shortages of food and medicine.

It calls on Venezuelan authorities to respect rights and "retake the path of democratic institutionality", release political prisoners and set dates for elections, among other things.

On Wednesday, Maduro tried to enlist supporters to defend the Bolivarian revolution against capitalism, calling pro-government citizens to the street to fight what he called a US -backed coup.

The current wave of marches, the most sustained protests against Maduro since 2014, has sparked regular melees in which youths and National Guard troops exchange volleys of rocks and tear gas.

The EU's executive commission said Thursday that it was "saddened" by the deaths of two young people during Wednesday's protests.

As tensions have mounted, the government has used its almost-complete control of Venezuela's institutions to pursue its opponents. On Wednesday alone, 565 protesters were arrested nationwide, according to Penal Forum, a local group that provides legal assistance to detainees.

"This government has done nothing but violate the human rights of Venezuelans", a MUD spokesperson said during a Thursday press conference, as quoted by El Nacional.

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