Fleeing Arrest In Venezuela, Opposition Politician Speaks Out Against Maduro
Police said a 19-year old youth died after being shot in the chest during a demonstration in the capital. Yesterday's was the largest opposition demonstration the country has seen in half a year. Oil-rich Venezuela is in the throes of what is thought to be a fourth straight year of recession, with roaring inflation and monthly wages stuck at a handful of dollars at the black market rate.
"They can do whatever they want, but the people of Venezuela will today make their voices heard on the streets", tweeted opposition lawmaker Juan Requesens, who has led protests this week.
The near-daily protests are over what the opposition has called a "coup d'etat", and have been occurring since the Supreme Court issued a ruling nullifying Congress last week, reports Al Jazeera.
The court had ruled to hold its National Assembly in contempt and strip the body of its powers on 29 March 2017, but after strong worldwide and domestic disapproval of the move (which has no constitutional basis) the court walked back its decision on 1 April 2017.
They accuse the government of stifling dissent.
A Tuesday protest dominated by young people saw clashes between demonstrators and police and led to handful of serious injuries and arrests.
"There is no plan B for them, repression is all they have left", he said.
Saturday's protest came after a week of anti-government demonstrations.
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The move to bar Capriles from office is expected to increase anger already held in protests of the current Venezuelan administration.
Venezuelan police clash with opposition activists during a protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas. Many streets were blocked off in the early morning and some workers chose to stay home after seeing the traffic snarls.
Leopoldo Lopez, the leader of those protests, has been held in prison for the past three years after having been sentenced on what are widely seen as trumped up charges of inciting political unrest.
A galvanised opposition, buoyed by the latest global outcry against Mr Maduro, is planning another protest in Caracas on Saturday. And Venezuela's most recognizable worldwide movie star, Edgar Ramirez, joined the calls for protests.
Opposition lawmakers began the process on Wednesday. With both seemingly out of the running, the government may be trying to manipulate the electoral playing field to leave the opposition with fewer viable options should the government bow to pressure and call presidential elections before they're scheduled in 2018, analysts said. The party said other COPEI leaders had been arrested in recent days and accused of treason. Don't then come like a sissy saying that you're a political prisoner.
In 2015 another prominent opposition leader, Leopoldo Lopez, was sentenced to almost 14 years in prison on charges of inciting violence during anti-government protests in 2014. Amid growing global condemnation of Maduro, several Latin American nations criticized the move against Capriles. "We can't find them milk".
Speaking to state broadcaster VTV, El Aissami said the opposition are again seeking to promote the violent overthrow of the government. The historical power of Chavismo is also on Maduro's side, Ramsey told us. "The way we get rid of Maduro is with elections". We need to be making ways for Venezuelan officials to feel that there can be a peaceful democratic change in government without it being the end of their lives.
At a counter-rally, socialist party heavyweight Diosdado Cabello said the mounting protests were unsustainable.
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