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Venezuela: Hunt for 'mercenaries' in rebellion against Maduro

Venezuela: Hunt for 'mercenaries' in rebellion against Maduro

Meanwhile, the United Nations has condemned the use of extensive force and detention of anti-government protestors.

The British leftist leader has even congratulated the dictator of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, for the National Constituent Assembly, an official initiative that has been carried with the aim of invalidating the nation's opposition-controlled National Assembly, and doing away with democratic institutions, further cementing Maduro's absolute power.

The building was taken over late on Monday with the help of soldiers led by Delcy Rodriguez, the head of the pro-Maduro assembly and former foreign minister.

Earlier Tuesday, Venezuela's pro-government Supreme Court sentenced a Caracas-area mayor at the center of recent protests to 15 months in prison for not following an order to remove barricades set up during anti-government demonstrations.

"I call on all parties to work towards a solution to the rapidly worsening tensions in the country, to renounce the use of violence and to take steps towards meaningful political dialogue", Zeid said.

Maduro has promised the assembly will bring peace to the country, and help end an acute economic crisis marked by shortages of food and other basic goods, but the opposition says it is aimed at consolidating a dictatorship.

As Venezuela descends into political chaos, a prominent opposition leader is taking umbrage over soccer great Diego Maradona's defense of President Nicolas Maduro's embattled government.

Since the installation of the Constituent Assembly last Friday, Congress and the new legislative body has shared the Legislative Palace - working in different halls.

Chile's foreign minister Heraldo Munoz told reporters that the group does not intend to meddle in Venezuela's sovereign affairs.

"It is unclear who the perpetrators in the remaining deaths may be", it said.

He says people can be tempted to violence when they feel their electoral and constitutional options are closed - a situation the opposition says is developing in Venezuela.

Colombia's Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin, along with foreign ministers and representatives from across the Americas, gives a news conference after a meeting to discuss the Venezuelan crisis, in Lima, Peru, August 8, 2017.

President Nicolás Maduro continued his efforts to shut down opposition to the government when the new constitutional assembly composed exclusively of pro-government delegates convened on Tuesday as well.

The opposition had called for new roadblocks on Tuesday, but only a few hundred people participated in the east of Caracas, before being dispersed by tear gas.

Peru's president has been vocal in rejecting the new Venezuelan assembly, but the region has had trouble agreeing on collective actions.

The European Union is criticizing the removal of Venezuela's public prosecutor by a newly installed constitutional assembly with almost unlimited authority to govern.

To counter the perception that it was isolated internationally, Venezuela on Tuesday hosted a meeting of allied nations in Caracas.


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