Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

3rd person reported dead in Venezuela protests

3rd person reported dead in Venezuela protests

The mayor of the municipality of Chacao, in Caracas, said that the hospitals in his jurisdiction are taking care of 57 people “from the demonstration, ” who tried unsuccessfully to reach the Ombudsmans Office in the center of the Venezuelan capital.

Maduro didn't provide evidence to back his claim that a coup attempt was under way, and the opposition rejected his comments as a desperate attempt to intimidate Venezuelans from exercising their constitutional right to protest. Opposition leaders and civilians have widely denounced that Maduro has become a dictator and accused his government of using armed civilians to spread violence and fear.

The opposition's mobilization comes amid weeks of protests as Maduro faces increasing scrutiny overseas and within his own government after the country's top court last month tried to grab power from the opposition-controlled congress. The court - stacked with appointees of Maduro and Chavez - reversed its position in the wake of domestic and worldwide outcries about an attempted power grab. Image credit: EFE/Cristian Hernandez.

"Same place, same time", said Capriles.

Capriles, who Deutsche Welle calls "the opposition's most promising candidate for the coming elections in 2018", was banned last week from holding office for 15 years - a move Capriles says he does not recognize.

Russian security officials have confirmed that the 10th person named Akram Azimov, suspected of involvement in an attack on the St Petersburg metro earlier this month has been detained.

A teenager in the capital Caracas and a woman in San Cristobal, near the Colombian border, were shot dead and a national guardsman was killed south of the capital. "But it's hard because when government supporters see you with a camera they send motorcycles to try and grab it from you", he added.

"Here we are out on the street fighting peacefully and repressed by the National Guard (Venezuela's militarized police) but convinced that it's on the street that we'll achieve change". "I left her on a block where she was going to find her sister and I went to hide the bike".

"The excessive ambition of [our] enemies threatens the peace and stability by carrying out a criminal agenda loaded with hate that includes terrorist acts, disturbances, looting, vandalism, different forms of violence against innocent people and public health facilities", Padrino said. Other videos shared in social media showed other injured protesters, as well as photos of other deceased people.

Other heads of state have fallen for seemingly less by comparison, the starkest comparison arguably being Dilma Rousseff in neighboring Brazil, whom Congress impeached in 2016 over charges of improper accounting of government funds-albeit while a corruption scandal was, and continues, raging. The opposition blamed both deaths to "colectivos", which have opened fire on protestors in every protest conducted on these past weeks. The security forces do nothing to stop them and themselves repress peaceful protesters, opponents say.

After the CNE quashed an effort to hold a recall referendum on Maduro's presidency in the fall of 2016, it's not beyond the realm of possibility that these elections might be postponed indefinitely or at least until a sufficient number of opposition parties fail to meet the requirements for renewal.

"It is the moment for the armed forces to demonstrate that they are with the constitution and with the people", legislative speaker Julio Borges said Tuesday. Dozens even had to slide down a concrete embankment and into the Guaire River to escape the noxious fumes.

Venezuela: Police firing teargas against a fleeing crowd in Caracas. The opposition is also trying to strengthen its momentum after its attempt past year to oust Maduro with a recall referendum was quashed by election officials.

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