Venezuelans gear up for major march against Maduro

Venezuelans gear up for major march against Maduro

Maduro has faced protests in Venezuela since 2014.

The president has sought to rally his troops this week, sending the army into the streets and ordering pro-government militias to be expanded to half a million members, "each with a rifle".

At least three people have been killed in Venezuela in protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro. Although she doesn't expect change overnight, she said protesting is the only option the opposition has against an entrenched, increasingly repressive government.

The country's food shortages have become severe in the last couple of years.

GM said in a statement issued April 20 that cars and assets were stolen from its plant in Venezuela, which has caused "irreparable damage" to the company and ultimately led to the withdrawl. "I think if we take to the streets every day we'll end this government".

That same month, the U.S. Treasury Department designated Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami for sanctions on drug trafficking charges.

Inaugural committee records filed with the Federal Election Commission show Citgo Petroleum, a US affiliate of Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA, was one of the biggest corporate donors to events surrounding the swearing-in ceremony.

Protesters react to a helicopter trying to reach the ombudsman in Caracas. Wearing just sneakers and tube socks, he approached heavily armed police in gas masks. Hopes that the protesters would be allowed to pass peacefully were quickly dashed.

The president retains one powerful ally: the armed forces.

“Today they tried to defeat a power, and they failed again, ” Maduro said.

Photos and videos of the man have flooded Venezuelan social media.

"Those responsible for the criminal repression of peaceful democratic activity, for the undermining of democratic institutions and practices, and for gross violations of human rights, will be held individually accountable for their actions by the Venezuelan people and their institutions, as well as by the worldwide community", the U.S. State Department said in a statement Tuesday.

The lawsuit was brought by a former GM dealership in western Venezuela.

“The military has strong economic incentives to hold Maduro in power, ” Diego Moya-Ocampos, an analyst at IHS Markit, said in an emailed note.

The Venezuelan government has had no comment about the GM factory.

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

Massive protests against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro were held on Wednesday throughout the country as organized demonstrations outside of the Venezuelan embassies in Colombia and Peru were also conducted.

The public prosecutor office said it is investigating both cases.

The huge demonstration included thousands of government opponents who assembled and marched from 26 separate spots around the capital to the Libertador district. It's a route tens of thousands of angry protesters have attempted a half-dozen times in the past few weeks only to find their progress blocked by light-armored vehicles and a curtain of tear gas and rubber bullets fired by riot police officers. "We'll see who tires out first".

He accused the government of violating the people's right to live, food and free expression and "it's necessary that we recover those spaces". Fears of a coup Wednesday's rival marches drew parallels to the clashes between pro and anti-government protesters in 2002. Over 400 people were arrested during protests on Wednesday, rights group Penal Forum said.

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

In the culmination of a fortnight of violent demonstrations that killed five people, marchers around the country will demand the government present a timeline for delayed elections, halt a security crackdown on protests, and respect the autonomy of the opposition-led legislature. The group said 334 remained in jail on Thursday. GM has about 2,700 workers in the country, where it's been the market leader for over 35 years.

Three people have died as a result of the so-called "mother of all marches" taking place in Venezuela.

Seven people have died at protests in Venezuela this month, with dozens more injured and at least 30 arrests.

But the protesters who showed up Wednesday vowed to keep struggling against Maduro and voicing their displeasure with the state of the country.

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.

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