Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Young man is 9th fatality in Venezuela protests this month

Young man is 9th fatality in Venezuela protests this month

Opposition lawmakers accused security forces of using excessive tear gas and force to block the marches.

"By several media accounts, hundreds of thousands of anti-Maduro demonstrators flooded city streets to protest bread scarcity, ballooning inflation - which several estimates peg at triple digits - and what they see as an increasingly dictatorial regime".

President Nicolas Maduro, handpicked by Chavez as his successor, has continued the tradition. Tens of thousands of protesters asking for the resignation of Pre. President Maduro's predecessor, Hugo Chavez, used the company a few years ago to provide subsidised fuel to low-income citizens in several major United States cities. In the first two months of 2017 they produced just 240 vehicles in a country of nearly 30 million people. There were also late-night barricades and some looting in Caracas' middle class neighborhood of El Paraiso on Wednesday night.

Authorities say a third person has died overnight in the ongoing protests in Venezuela. At least nine people have been killed in the protests.

But Freddy Guevara, an opposition leader, rejected the allegation, calling Rodriguez "irresponsible" and saying the evacuations were "the fault of tear gas bombs of your dictatorship". Some analysts saw it as part of a pattern of confrontation between the Maduro government and manufacturers as the economic situation deteriorates.

Venezuela's government has not commented. Opposition leaders vowed to seek his ouster through constitutional means, but the government-stacked Supreme Court has stopped them at every turn. There's also a sit-in to block major highways planned for Monday.

General Motors says it will immediately halt operations in Venezuela after its plant in the country was unexpectedly seized by authorities.

GM described the takeover as an "illegal judicial seizure of its assets".

On Wednesday, a Venezuelan court in the western state of Zulia ordered the US company's assets frozen and its property seized, siding against GM in a lawsuit filed by a former GM dealer in 2000, according to Venezuelan news accounts.

Hundreds of workers desperate for information about their jobs gathered at the plant on Thursday to meet with government and military officials, as well as representatives of the dealership that brought the lawsuit.

General Motors Venezolana, GM's local subsidiary, was established in 1948 and employs about 2,700 workers and has 79 dealers in the country.

The US State Department said it was reviewing details of the GM case but called on Venezuelan authorities to act swiftly and transparently to resolve the dispute.

The governments of Argentina, Brazil, Chili, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay issued a joint statement on Thursday condemning violence in Venezuela.

Venezuela is in the midst of a violent protest movement that has resulted in eight deaths this month as the country's deeply unpopular socialist administration struggles to stay in power and a newly energized opposition calls for an immediate presidential election.

Venezuela's opposition renewed nationwide protests on Thursday to pressure the government of President Nicolas Maduro to hold elections and improve a collapsing economy, a day after three people were killed in similar demonstrations, APA reports quoting Reuters.

Opponents are pushing for Maduro's removal through early elections and the release of dozens of political prisoners.

In recent days, Maduro ordered troops to fan out around the country on high alert, and he encouraged his backers, including civilian militia members, to defend against alleged plans to overthrow his government.

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