Thousands march in Venezuela against government

21 Avril, 2017, 20:40 | Author: Marc Bacque
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"Only peaceful and constructive engagement can halt the deterioration of the situation in Venezuela and build better prospects for its people".

Inaugural committee records filed with the Federal Election Commission show Citgo Petroleum, a USA affiliate of Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA, was one of the biggest corporate donors to events surrounding the swearing-in ceremony. “Nevertheless, if sustained and prolonged strong protests reach a tipping point by overwhelmingly escalating beyond the capacity of security forces to contain them, then the probability of the military changing its stance and forcing the National Electoral Council to hold early elections or stage a coup to assume power directly will increase.”.

South American operations, which include Venezuela, account for about 6 per cent GM's total sales. In February, Trump met with the wife of a jailed opposition leader at the White House and on Tuesday the U.S. State Department issued a statement decrying violence against protesters.

MARGARET WARNER: Maduro came to power four years ago, upon the death of his charismatic predecessor, Hugo Chavez. Under Chavez, prosperity arrived via the country's oil reserves, which he used to reduce poverty and economic inequality, with some significant successes. It is, after all, a finite resource and an unpredictable market. The country now has one of the world's highest murder rate, and an extreme shortage of basic foods and medicine.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. is "concerned that the government of Maduro is violating its own constitution and is not allowing the opposition to ... organize in a way that expresses the views of the Venezuelan people".

In Washington, administration officials are anxious the Venezuela government is working to suppress the opposition. Maduro's critics increasingly doubt that the ruling Socialist Party, which was soundly defeated in 2015 legislative elections, will allow for free and fair elections. They were further fueled when the government barred the opposition's best-known leader, two-time presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, from holding public office.

According to Fox News/AP/EFE, Maduro is framing his gun giveaway as a means of fighting outside forces controlled by America seeking to remove him from office.

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

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This decision was reversed three days later after global condemnation forced its hand.

Maduro said Wednesday morning that Borges should be brought to trial.

"This is repression. This is a crime". "There are a lot of people in the opposition and they are full of courage". "The government has staged a self-coup and what they're now doing to me is part of it". He said the subsidiary of Spain's Telefonica "sent millions of messages to users every two hours" in support of Wednesday's protests.

Due to media constraints imposed by government controls it is not possible to verify some of the reports via social media of attacks on protesters.

Two Venezuelan students and a National Guard sergeant have died after shots were fired during protests in Venezuela.

Later, in the opposition hotbed of San Cristobal near the Colombia border, university student Paola Ramirez died after being shot by armed men on motorbikes as she was leaving the protest, according to Mayor Patricia Gutierrez. As has become common in recent weeks on protest days, Venezuelan authorities will close 27 metro stations and likely set up checkpoints to slow entry to the city.

Maduro, 54, has been defiant.


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