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Clashes as Venezuela opposition turns up heat on government

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DEFIANCE. Opposition activists and riot police clash during a demonstration against President Nicolas Maduro’s government in Caracas on May 29, 2017. Luis Robayo/AFP

Monday’s (May 29) rally is the first since the weekend announcement of the stepping up of pressure on Nicolas Maduro

CARACAS, Venezuela (May 30, 2017) — Thousands of Venezuelans demonstrated Monday, May 29, after the opposition vowed to intensify pressure on President Nicolas Maduro as they seek to stop him from strengthening his grip on power. Continue reading Clashes as Venezuela opposition turns up heat on government

Up to 200,000 protesters march against Venezuela’s Maduro

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POLITICAL CRISIS. Opposition activists protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in San Cristobal, Tachira State, Venezuela, on May 20, 2017. AFP Photo

Increasing number of gunshot wounds are reported as protests turn violent. Federal prosecutors say they are investigating the role of police and military personnel in the incidents

CARACAS, Venezuela (May 21, 2017) — More than 200,000 protesters took to the streets of Venezuela on Saturday, May 20, on the 50th day of an angry and sometimes deadly showdown with unpopular President Nicolas Maduro. Continue reading Up to 200,000 protesters march against Venezuela’s Maduro

Venezuela opposition rejects Maduro plan to rework constitution

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Venezuelan opposition activists take part in a women’s march aimed to keep pressure on President Nicolas Maduro, whose authority is being increasingly challenged by protests and deadly unrest, in Caracas on May 6, 2017. Juan Barreto/AFP

Some analysts said they fear the opposition is leaving the way open for Nicolas Maduro to change the constitution at will, possibly cementing his grip on power

CARACAS, Venezuela (May 8, 2017) — President Nicolas Maduro’s plan for an elected assembly to draw up a new Venezuelan constitution faced headwinds Sunday, May 7, when opposition parties refused to join the process amid continuing violent anti-Maduro protests. Continue reading Venezuela opposition rejects Maduro plan to rework constitution

Looting ravages Venezuela, unrest death toll hits 36

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LOOTING. View of damages in a supermarket in Valencia, Carabobo State, on May 5, 2017, the day after anti-government protesters looted stores, set fire to cars and clashed with police, leaving at least five people injured, and one dead after being hit in the head by a projectile. Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Anger boils over in the western municipality of Rosario de Perija, where young protesters burned, pulled down and then smashed a statue of former president Hugo Chavez, Maduro’s late predecessor and mentor

VALENCIA,Venezuela (May 6, 2017) — A young man died Friday, May 5, after he was injured in violence as looting broke out in impoverished Venezuelan cities, an official said, bringing the toll from unrest in more than a month of anti-government protests to at least 36. Continue reading Looting ravages Venezuela, unrest death toll hits 36

Venezuela protests rage, death toll hits 33

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PROTESTS. Opposition activists march during a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on May 3, 2017.Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Scores of students begin marching in the sunshine in Caracas in the latest rallies against President Nicolas Maduro’s plan to rewrite the constitution

CARACAS, Venezuela (May 5, 2017) — Anti-government protests raged on in Venezuela on Thursday, May 4, as students launched fresh marches after a day of flames and tear gas brought the death toll to 33. Continue reading Venezuela protests rage, death toll hits 33

Flames, fatality at Venezuela demo over leader’s crisis maneuver

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VIOLENCE. Opposition demonstrators and riot police clash during a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on May 3, 2017. Carlos Becerra/AFP

Protesters were enraged by the socialist president’s launching of procedures by the electoral council to draw up a new constitution

CARACAS, Venezuela (May 4, 2017) — An 18-year-old man died Wednesday, May 3, in violent protests against embattled President Nicolas Maduro, prosecutors said. Continue reading Flames, fatality at Venezuela demo over leader’s crisis maneuver