#AceWorldNews – CARACUS – May 15 – Demonstrators clashed with members of the National Guard on the east side of the Venezuelan capital of Caracas on Wednesday, as they demanded the release of students who had been arrested in previous demonstrations, Ruptly reported.
Over 100 people were arrested as tear gas was deployed, and numerous injuries were reported.
Some journalists and cameramen were arrested during the protest, but were later released.
#AceWorldNews – CARACAS – April 27 – Violent protests continue against the government of Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, despite him having agreed to hold talks with the opposition.
Anti-government demonstrators clashed with the National Guard in the capital Caracas on Friday.
Maduro has agreed to hold talks with the opposition in the presence of an outside facilitator after weeks of unrest in the country.
The announcement was made on Thursday after two days of talks between foreign ministers of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), government officials, human rights groups, and student protesters.
Maduro said he would look forward to having UNASUR elect a “group of foreign ministers that could be witnesses and sit down” and talk with the opposition. He added that he was open to international observers.
The demonstrations erupted on February 4th in the western border city of San Cristobal and quickly spread to Caracas. At least 37 people have been killed in clashes with security forces since the start of the unrest.
Caracas says the protests are part of a US plot to topple the Venezuelan government.
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#AceWorldNews – CARACUS – April 08 – (ALJ) – Venezuela’s president has agreed to meet representatives of the opposition to help put an end to the protests that have gripped the nation for more than two months.
Following a meeting with eight South American foreign ministers, Nicolas Maduro said on Monday that he had agreed to talk with opposition members on Tuesday.
“We had quite a long conversation,” Maduro said of the regional talks. “They proposed a meeting tomorrow with the opposition delegation, and I agreed.”
Thirty-nine people have died in clashes between security forces and protesters, who blame Maduro’s socialist government for soaring crime, high inflation and supply shortages.
However, only a small number of those opposing the government have agreed to participate in talks.
The more moderate Democratic Unity Round Table Coalition, which seeks change without unseating Muduro, said it would join the president for Tuesday’s discussions.
#AceWorldNews – VENEZUELA – March 25 – The death toll in Venezuela’s anti-government unrest has climbed to 36.
A pregnant woman was lethally shot near Caracas and a older one was killed in the western state of Merida, officials announced.
The 28-year-old pregnant woman was shot dead on Sunday during a protest as she was getting off a bus stopped by a barricade set up by protesters. In a separate accident, a National Guard sergeant was shot shot in the neck during clashes in the western state of Merida.
Venezuela has been hit by a wave of violent protests that have continued for almost a month, with people in the streets accusing the government of inflation and holding it responsible for the lack of basic products in the country.
President Nicolas Maduro has repeatedly accused the White House of sponsoring members of the opposition with a view to destabilize Venezuela.
#AceWorldNews – VENEZUELA – 23 March – Three more people have died in Venezuela amid clashes between protesters and police, bringing the death toll to 34. Saturday’s clashes erupted as protesters tried to block a highway in Caracas following a march, demanding the release of students detained during the unrest. Venezuela has been hit by a wave of violent protests.
The demonstration movement is angry at President Nicolas Maduro’s government over inflation and the lack of basic products in the country such as paper, sugar, and oil.
#AceWorldNews – Daniel Ceballos, mayor of the western city of San Cristóbal, and one of the leading opposition figures throughout the protests against incumbent President Nicolas Maduro, has been arrested by the country’s intelligence service, Sebin.
“This is an act of justice for a mayor who not only failed to meet his obligations under the law, but also facilitated and supported all the irrational violence in this city,” said Sebin chief, Miguel Rodríguez Torres.
San Cristóbal has been one of the hotspots for clashes between pro and anti-government forces that have resulted in more than 30 deaths throughout the country.
Ceballos had been attending a summit for opposition-minded mayors in Caracas when he was detained.
#AceWorldNews says that dozens of hardcore protesters in Caracas threw rocks and lobbed fire-bombs at riot police who retaliated with tear gas, after Venezuela’s opposition upped the ante on President Nicolas Maduro.
At least three people were detained in the clashes in a middle-class district of the capital, on the eve of the one-month anniversary since the start of nationwide protests, said the director of the non-governmental Venezuelan Penal Forum, Alfredo Romero, according to AFP.
At least 18 people have died and more than 260 have been injured in escalating demonstrations that started on February 4, the government says.
Earlier in the day, Venezuela’s opposition called for new protests against Maduro amid a week of holidays and commemorations of late socialist leader Hugo Chavez’s death.
“We’re going to gather to pay homage to all those who have fallen as a result of the brutal repression of this dictatorial regime,” said Corina Machado, second-in-command of the Popular Will party, outlining plans to hit the streets again on Tuesday.
#AceWorldNews says that the Venezuelan government has urged citizens to skip protests and make their traditional trips to the beach during the Carnival holiday, Reuters reported.
However, while many Venezuelans went to the beach to enjoy the Carnival holiday, thousands of anti-government demonstrators marched in the capital on Sunday.
Opposition marchers filled a square in the east of Caracas to continue protesting problems that include 56 percent annual inflation and one of the world’s highest murder rates.
#AceWorldNews says supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro have taken to the streets of the capital Caracas amid continuing political tension in the South American country.
On Sunday, hundreds of people took part in a rally called the “March of Seniors” in down-town Caracas to show their support for the government.
The rally came a day after 25 people were injured during the largest anti-government demonstrations in the capital.
Meanwhile, Maduro has welcomed a meeting with opposition leader Henrique Capriles in attempt to ease the tension in the country.
The two will meet on Monday during a routine gathering of governors and mayors in the Presidential Palace.
Venezuela has been the scene of pro, anti-government protests for nearly two weeks now, and at least eight people have died in the related violence.
#AceWorldNews reports from the RT that Venezuelan police have deployed water cannons and used tear gas against crowds of angry stone-throwing protesters in Caracas.
Activists unhappy with the economic course of President Nicolas Maduro have been resorting to sporadic violence since Wednesday