PROTESTS CONTINUE. A truck set ablaze by opposition activists blocking an avenue during a protest burns in Caracas, on July 18, 2017. Juan Barreto/AFP The military chiefs say their forces would protect a controversial vote Nicolas Maduro has called for next week to elect a body to rewrite the constitution
CARACAS, Venezuela (Jul. 20, 2017) — Venezuela’s military chiefs reaffirmed their loyalty to President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday, July 19, by saying their forces would protect a controversial vote he has called for next week to elect a body to rewrite the constitution.
Continue reading Venezuela military chiefs stand behind controversial election People cast their votes at a polling station in Caracas on July 16, 2017 during an opposition-organized vote to measure public support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s plan to rewrite the constitution. Juan Barreto/AFP Meanwhile, a 61-year-old woman is killed and 3 other people wounded when gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on people lined up to vote in Caracas
CARACAS, Venezuela (Jul. 17, 2017) — Venezuela’s opposition hailed an unofficial “plebiscite” held Sunday, July 16, as a blow against President Nicolas Maduro and his plan to rewrite the constitution, though deadly violence reared its head again with a deadly attack on voters in Caracas.
Continue reading Venezuela opposition hails poll as blow to Maduro MORE PROTESTS. An injured protester is assisted by medics and fellow demonstrators as opposition activists and riot police clash during an anti-government protest in Caracas, on June 22, 2017. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP A 22-year-old man was killed during a demonstration in the capital’s Altamira area
CARACAS, Venezuela (Jun. 23, 2017) — A 22-year-old man was shot dead Thursday, June 22, during an anti-government protest in Caracas, becoming the 75th victim in 3 months of unrest over the rule of President Nicolas Maduro.
Continue reading Deaths from Venezuelan anti-government protests up to 75 MORE VIOLENCE. Venezuelan opposition demonstrators and riot police clash during a protest against the government of Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on May 31, 2017. Juan Barreto/AFP Sixty people have died and around 1,000 people have been wounded since April 1, when opponents of President Nicolas Maduro intensified attempts to remove him from power, according to government figures
CARACAS, Venezuela (Jun. 1, 2017) — Venezuela’s opposition called for weekend protests as a deadline on Thursday, June 1, neared for candidates for an assembly to re-write the constitution – a gathering opponents slam as a naked power grab by the leftist government.
Continue reading Move to re-write Venezuelan constitution amid planned protests 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 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 NOT BACKING DOWN. A Venezuelan opposition demonstrator waves a flag at the riot police in a clash during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on May 8, 2017. Federico Parra/AFP Riot cops fire tear gas at protesters in Venezuela as thousands demonstrated against President Nicolas Maduro’s efforts to reform the constitution in a deadly political crisis
CARACAS, Venezuela (May 9, 2017) — Riot cops fired tear gas at protesters in Venezuela Monday, May 8, as thousands demonstrated against President Nicolas Maduro’s efforts to reform the constitution in a deadly political crisis.
Continue reading Clashes at fresh Venezuela anti-government demos 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 IN PROTEST. Venezuelan opposition activists take part in a women’s march aimed to keep pressure on President Nicolas Maduro on May 6. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP The protest is being led by Lilian Tintori, wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez
CARACAS, Venezuela (May 6, 2017) — A women’s march in Venezuela’s capital on Saturday, May 6 aimed to keep pressure on President Nicolas Maduro, whose authority is being increasingly challenged by protests and deadly unrest.
Continue reading Women march to keep pressure on Venezuela’s Maduro 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