ibusinesslines.com
ibusinesslines.com August 16, 2017


Venezuela opposition vows fresh protests despite deaths

20 April 2017, 07:21 | Erica Roy

The other two people killed amid Wednesday's demonstrations included a teenager who was heading to a soccer match with friends.

Non-government rights group Provea said the woman died "in the context of the demonstrations".

Demonstrators in downtown Caracas were dispersed by police using tear gas during the largest in a wave of protests this month by opponents of President Nicolas Maduro.

The sergeant was the third person reported killed in the protests over the past day and the eighth person to die in demonstrations over the past several weeks.

In a third death, Venezuelan National Guard Sgt. Niumar Jose San Clemente Barrios was fatally shot Wednesday night, said the public prosecutor's office and Venezuela's top human rights official, ombudsman Tarek William Saab. Previous marches attempting the same route have been met with security vehicles, tear gas and rubber bullets fired by riot police officers. "When they took the young man to (a nearby clinic), the government supporters left".

Then, on March 29, the Venezuelan Supreme Court dissolved the Parliament, transferring all legislative powers to itself.

The opposition counters that Maduro, deeply unpopular as Venezuelans grapple with triple-digit inflation and shortages of food and basic consumer goods, is seeking to stay in power indefinitely by barring opposition leaders from office and quashing independent state institutions.

The government has delayed local and state elections and blocked attempts by the Opposition to oust the President through a referendum.

Opposition marchers included Liliana Machuca, who earns about $20 a month holding two jobs teaching literature. A group of youths with their faces covered tore down street signs and billboards for makeshift barricades.


Liliana Machuca, a teacher in Caracas told the AP she believes protesting is her only option after all the "abuses" she says have been committed by the government.

'We're scared but we've got to do this, ' said Carmen Medina, a 55-year-old social worker in the middle-class district of El Paraiso, where demonstrators were beginning to gather.

At least three people have been killed in Venezuela in protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

A demonstrator throws back a tear gas canister during clashes with security forces at a protest in Caracas.

A pro-government politician and reservist, Diosdado Cabello, said on his television show that anti-Maduro activists had also "murdered" a soldier in San Antonio de los Altos, a town just south of Caracas, late Wednesday. He also said authorities in recent hours had rounded up unnamed members of an underground cell of conspirators at Caracas hotels, including some who were allegedly planning to stir up violence at the march. The court partly backtracked after an worldwide outcry, but the tension only increased when authorities slapped a political ban on opposition leader Henrique Capriles on April 7, 2017.

The remarks come a day after the U.S. State Department issued a statement warning the South American country, "Those responsible for the criminal repression of peaceful democratic activity. and for gross violations of human rights, will be held individually accountable for their actions by. the global community".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tells reporters at the State Department that the U.S.is "concerned that the government of Maduro is violating its own constitution and is not allowing the opposition to have their voices heard".

General Motors says it has halted operations in Venezuela after authorities seized a factory.

The president in turn has urged his supporters, the military and civilian militias to defend the socialist "Bolivarian revolution" launched by his predecessor Hugo Chavez in 1999.



Other News

Trending Now

Xcel named top utility wind provider for the 12th straight year
Minnesota continues to be one of the top wind power states in 2016, and Xcel Energy the nation's top wind energy utility . These are the primary findings from the American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA) 2016 U.S.

In touch with US, Australia govts on visa issues
While it is true that 70% of H-1B visas are issued to Indian nationals, Indian companies actually get less than 20% of H-1B visas. Indian professionals in the USA are a anxious lot after the Trump administration has implemented the H-1B policy changes.

China Willing to Work With US for Peace in Korean Peninsula
Before Pence's arrival, Aso told reporters the talks were meant to provide, "not friction, but cooperation". In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made a new appeal Tuesday for calm on the Korean Peninsula.

Court rulings blocks Arkansas plan for multiple executions
The Innocence Project previously asked the state's circuit court to grant Johnson new DNA testing, CBS affiliate KTVH reports . Asa Hutchinson to complain that state judges aren't honoring the decisions jurors made when sentencing the prisoners to death.

Evacuations resume in Syria
Some 300 evacuees from rebel-held towns were similarly held up at a staging point at Ramussa in government-held territory. The evacuation of the towns, along with more rebel villages along the border, are expected to continue for some time.

Kulbhushan Jadhav Has Right to Appeal in 60 Days: Pak Defence Min
Diplomats also said that India woud have to deliberate upon what kind of response would be befitting if Pakistan executed Mr. Jadhav was on Monday awarded death sentence by a Pakistani military court on charges of being an undercover RAW agent.

South Africa Court to Decide on Secret No-Confidence Ballot on Zuma
ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said last week that no ANC member would vote against Zuma in the no-confidence vote. The ouster of Gordhan may allow Zuma to consolidate control of his control over the ANC before its congress.