` Demonstrators Clash with Members of the National Guard in Caracus Journalists and Camermen Arrested ‘

#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.

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#ans2014, #caracus, #venezuelan

` Maduro meets Opposition leaders Brokered by UNASUR for Talks to Stem the Increasing Violence and Unrest ‘

#AceWorldNews – CARACAS – April 11 – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro met opposition leaders on Thursday for talks intended to stem two months of deadly political unrest.

Unlike similar previous meetings, this was the first to include Henrique Capriles, who Maduro narrowly beat in last year’s presidential election, Reuters reported.

The talks, where Maduro cautioned against unrealistic expectations, were also first to be brokered by foreign ministers from the UNASUR bloc of South American governments.

The six-hour meeting coincided with violence that raised the death toll from the protests against Maduro’s rule to 41.

A policeman was shot dead during a protest in western Barquisimeto city on Thursday, and a woman died in hospital almost a month after being hit by a car while demonstrating in central Valencia.

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#caracas, #president-nicholas-maduro, #unasur, #valencia, #venezuelan

` Nicholas Maduro has Agreed to Meet with `Representatives of the Opposition ‘ to Help put an End to Protests ‘

#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.

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#caracus, #democratic-unity-round-table-coalition, #nicholas-maduro, #president-nicholas-maduro, #venezuela, #venezuelan

Venezuela; ` Intelligence Services `Sebin ‘ Arrest ` Daniel Ceballos ‘ in ` San Cristobel ‘ attending Opposition Summit ‘

#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.

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#caracus, #daniel-ceballos, #president-nicholas-maduro, #san-cristobel, #sebin, #venezuela, #venezuelan

Venezuela ` Chilean Student shot dead whilst clearing away a barricade put up by Anti-Government Protester ‘s’

#AceWorldNews A Chilean woman was shot dead while clearing a barricade put up by anti-government protesters, Reuters reported.

Gisela Rubilar, 47, who was studying in the western Venezuelan city of Merida, is the first foreign fatality during a month of civil unrest in Venezuela, authorities said.

“She was ambushed by an extreme right-wing group,” Alexis Ramirez, the governor of Merida state, said, blaming the killing of Rubilar on unidentified demonstrators.

The deaths of Rubilar and of a protester shot in the border state of Tachira, brought to at least 22 the number of fatalities in five weeks of unrest.

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#chilean, #merida, #tachira, #venezuela, #venezuelan

` Venezuelan Authorities give `Panamanian Ambassador’ 48 Hours to leave the country’

#AceWorldNews aays that a total of four diplomats currently representing Panama have been given 48 hours by Venezuelan authorities to depart the country, including the country’s ambassador Pedro Roberto Pereira.

Venezuela has cited “interventionist discourse and actions of their government” by the Panamanian officials as the reason for their ejection, with President Maduro affirming that the action was being undertaken to “avoid conspiracies against the country.”

Specifically, the Venezuelan government has cited a petition by Panama to the Organization of American States to dispatch observers to evaluate the ongoing protests in the Latin American nation.

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#panama, #panamanian, #president-maduro, #venezuelan

` Caracas Protesters throw fire-bombs at riot police in fresh wave of violence after Venezuelan upped ante on ` President Maduro’s’ Regime’

#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.

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` Venezuelan Government urges its citizens to stop protesting and enjoy the Carnival Holiday’

#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.

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#caracus, #carnival, #reuters, #venezuelan

” Interview with editor of `VenezuelaAnalysis & RT News’ over demands about `Crime & Inflation’ by protesters in Venezuela”

#AceWorldNews says the opposition in Venezuela says their protests are about crime and inflation, but they haven’t come forward with any concrete proposals as to how to deal with these problems, Gregory Wilpert, founder and editor of VenezuelaAnalysis.com, told RT.

Wilpert says that the majority of the population are actually against the protests, because they completely disrupt their daily lives.

RT: President Maduro has called for a peace conference in an attempt to meet with the opposition and resolve the current protests. Why are members of the opposition refusing to sit down with the government?

Gregory Wilpert: Well, that’s a good question. I think the reason that they are refusing is because they don’t really seem to have very clear demands and they are very internally divided right now. That is they say the protests are about crime and inflation but they haven’t come forward at least with any concrete proposals as to how to deal with these problems. So it’s not very clear what they would even talk about even if they were to meet with the government.

RT: While the nation’s economy, crime rate and lack of basic food supplies prompted the protests, what is continuing to fuel the aggression?

GW: Well, I think it’s actually also a battle within the opposition for the upper hand, with certainly those issues – the inflation and the crime rate – but it has to recognize that there is a diminishing or very small group really that are blockading the streets and engaging in confrontations with the police. It’s really only a very small handful, according to some polls actually over 70 percent of the population is opposed to these protests because they are completely disrupting their daily lives, because of the street blockades that are going on in various parts of the country, mostly in the strongholds of the opposition actually.

RT: President Maduro and others have said that other countries have had a hand in supporting the opposition and perhaps even planning a coup. What would other nations seek to gain from the ousting of Maduro’s administration?

GW: Certainly the United States has opposed Maduro and Chavez for a very long time and so has the conservative government in Colombia. Both governments have in various ways been supporting paramilitaries going into Venezuela from Colombia. Also the US government [has been] supporting opposition groups with funding and with these public statements, for example, that the Secretary of State Kerry recently made, which essentially gave the opposition a shot in the arm, because he legitimated their protests even though it’s quite clear that most of the protesters are being violent and seeking confrontations with the police.

RT: Last week Maduro expelled three US diplomats from the country, to which Washington responded by ousting three Venezuelan representatives. What are the implications of this diplomatic dispute?

GW: I don’t think it could blow up into a larger diplomatic dispute. Both sides have said repeatedly that they do want to improve the relations and Maduro just proposed a new ambassador for Venezuela in the United States, so he is definitely interested in improving relations, but the US is actually the one that has said: “We need something to go slower, we need more positive steps,” without saying what those positive steps would be. So it seems more like that the US is less interested in positive relations than Venezuela at this moment, although of course one has to say that it was Venezuela that expelled the diplomats. But that was because they were found to have intervened and met with opposition groups.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.

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#chavez, #columbia, #maduro, #rt-news, #united-states, #us, #venezuela, #venezuelan, #washington

` President Nicholas Maduro’s supporters rally under the banner of `March of the Seniors’ taking to the streets in down-town Caracus”

#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.

#caracus, #president-nicholas-maduro, #venezuela, #venezuelan

” President Maduro orders closure of the Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire Consulates”

#AceWorldNews says Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua denounced an attack against the country’s consulate in Aruba on Friday.

According to various reports, a Venezuelan national drove a vehicle into the facade of the consulate in the early morning, while photos of the incident showed significant damage to the offices.

Jaua told media that the country’s authorities are seeking the man’s deportation to face Venezuelan courts.

President Maduro meanwhile ordered the closing of the country’s consulates in Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire.

The attacker has been identified as Guy Acuero, a Venezuelan businessman who had arrived to the island a day prior on a tourist visa.

#aruba, #bonaire, #curacao, #jaua, #president-maduro, #venezuelan

“`Venezuela’s Maduro requests talks with `US’ over over issues of `State & Press Freedom’ – Reports”

#AceWorldNews says Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro requested an exchange of ambassadors with the United States on Friday, just days after he expelled three US diplomats from the country. Maduro called for talks with President Barack Obama’s administration during a Friday news conference that aired on state television.

“I call for a dialogue with you, Obama,” Maduro said. “You can designate [US Secretary of State John] Kerry or whoever you want to come to this dialogue and I will send my foreign minister … for this high-level meeting.” The US and Venezuela have not had resident ambassadors since 2010.

Amid demonstrations challenging his administration, Maduro has blamed the US for fomenting anti-government sentiment in Venezuela.

Opposition protests turned violent last week, as at least eight people have died amid the demonstrations.

Meanwhile, Maduro announced Thursday that his government will revoke or deny press credentials to seven CNN journalists for “war propaganda.”

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Venezuela has revoked or denied press credentials for seven CNN journalists working in the country for what President Nicolas Maduro called “war propaganda” amid coverage of anti-government protests.

Before the conditions on credentials were announced, Maduro said he would eject CNN from the country if it did not “rectify” its coverage amid a spike in the unrest that has gripped Venezuela. According to officials, at least eight people have been killed since demonstrations mounted by the opposition turned violent last week.

“They want to show the world that there is a civil war in Venezuela,” Maduro said of CNN in a televised speech on Thursday.

He added that CNN was not showing “the people working, studying, building the homeland.”

“I’ve asked the [information] minister to tell CNN we have started the administrative process to remove them from Venezuela if they don’t rectify [their behavior],” Maduro said during the speech aimed at supporters, according to Reuters. “Enough! I won’t accept war propaganda against Venezuela.”

The pro-government audience applauded, chanting “Fuera! Fuera!” (“Out! Out!”)

Read more at: RT http://on.rt.com/4nwhuf

#cnn, #president-nicholas-maduro, #press-freedom, #rt-news, #venezuelan

” Venezuelan Offices of the `Opposition Party Popular Will’ have been raided to arrest their Founder ”

#AceWorldNews says Venezuelan military intelligence officers are reported to have raided the headquarters of the country’s opposition party, Popular Will.

Several of the party’s officials alleged armed officers arrived at the office, threw tear gas, and attempted to remove several individuals from the premises.

“The intelligence officers arrived and began to harass us,” said party activist Adriangela Ruiz. Security camera footage provided by Popular Will, which has not been independently verified, showed officers entering the party’s offices armed with guns.

Venezuela’s government has issued an arrest warrant for Leopoldo Lopez, Popular Will’s founder, who has been accused by the Maduro administration of inciting violence and acts of terrorism.

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#Venezuela : `Police Deploy water Cannons and used Tear-Gas against Protesters in Caracus’

#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

#activists, #caracus, #president-nicholas-maduro, #rt-news, #venezuelan

`Venezuelan Government Seeks Protest Leader’s Arrest’

#AceWorldNews says that the Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has been issued with an arrest warrant by a Venezuelan court on charges including murder and terrorism for organizing protests that resulted in the death of three people on Wednesday. President Nicolas Maduro accuses Lopez of trying to instigate violence in a bid to mount a coup.

At least three people were shot dead as violence erupted during anti-government protests in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas on Wednesday. Police clashed with violent activists and used tear gas after some 10,000 demonstrators had dispersed following a mainly peaceful rally.

#demonstrators, #opposition-leaders, #president-nicholas-maduro, #venezuelan