Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Venezuelan opposition calls for more mass protests

Venezuelan opposition calls for more mass protests

After nearly three weeks of anti-government protests on the streets of Venezuela and coupled with Wednesdays figure, the current death toll has increased to eight people, including one police officer, and nearly one thousand people have been arrested.

The Florida Republican says the socialist administration of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has again shown "its lack of regard for the rule-of-law and the most basic democratic norms".

Mr Maduro ordered troops onto the streets of Caracas before the rally and called on his supporters to attend.

Anti-government protesters have described it as Venezuela's "second independence day".

Protesters are outraged at the leadership of President Nicolas Maduro. A national guard member was reportedly shot dead during violent protests by the opposition in the Los Salias municipality in Miranda state. Tens of thousands of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro flooded the streets of vehicle.

During what was referred to as "the mother of all marches" scuffles between security forces and protesters broke out, as the death toll rises to at least seven lives so far this month.

GM has about 2,700 workers in Venezuela, where it's been the market leader for over 35 years. GM called it an illegal judicial seizure of its assets.

General Motors announced Thursday that it was shuttering operations in Venezuela after authorities seized its only factory, a dramatic escalation of the chaos engulfing the South American nation amid days of deadly protests.

He also said authorities in recent hours had rounded up unnamed members of an underground cell of conspirators at Caracas hotels, including some armed people who were allegedly planning to stir up violence at the march.

There was no immediate confirmation that the militias shot the boy, and some government officials cast doubt on the account, saying Romero was killed during an attempted assault.

"This is a test case for Trump", said Raul Gallegos, the author of a book on Venezuela and a Bogota-based analyst at Control Risks consultancy.

Maduro is blaming the US for the country's serious social and economic problems.

Riot police fired tear gas to force back stone-throwing demonstrators as hundreds of thousands of people fed up with food shortages and demanding elections joined protest marches in Caracas and several other cities.

Across the country, the clashes have been intense.

At least two persons have died in the anti-government demonstrations in Venezuela that saw more than 400 people arrested, according to the country's Criminal Forum.

The latest crisis was triggered by last month's Supreme Court decision to officially take over power from the opposition-controlled parliament.

The opposition called for another protest on Thursday, raising the specter of prolonged disruption in Venezuela.

"Today there were millions of us", senior opposition leader Henrique Capriles told a news conference late Wednesday.

"We do not want confrontation, we want the regime of Nicolás Maduro to leave in peace", Tintori said, noting it must schedule long-delayed elections, release political prisoners and open a humanitarian channel to deliver food and medicine now in critically short supply.

The elections council, which is sympathetic to the government, has delayed votes for state governors that were supposed to take place previous year. But Venezuela's political unrest remains mostly confined to middle-class enclaves, underscoring the struggle the opposition here faces in trying to unseat an increasingly authoritarian government.

"Immediately the global media and those irresponsible people, including that trash called Capriles, came out to accuse the government, the revolution, the army, the National Guard", Maduro said, wearing a white doctor's gown during a televised address meant to showcase Venezuela's health system, which is in fact crumbling.

The opposition rejected his comments as a desperate attempt to intimidate Venezuelans from exercising their constitutional right to protest.

As tensions have mounted, the government has used its almost-complete control of Venezuela's institutions to pursue its opponents. Six people have died and countless others, many journalists, have been injured.

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