Venezuela protesters target Maduro, vow to keep up pressure

Venezuela protesters target Maduro, vow to keep up pressure

Venezuela protesters target Maduro, vow to keep up pressure

Venezuelan Ombudsman Tarek William Saab condemned the launching of "blunt objects" from the air to disperse opposition demonstrators, after anti-government leaders denounced the practice on the social networks. The Information Ministry did not respond to a request for information, although Socialist Party officials tweeted that Maduro had been received by a cheering crowd in San Felix.

On Monday alone, more than 200 people were injured, according to opposition reports.

Another 19-year-old man, Jairo Ortiz, died on Thursday after being shot in the chest when police broke up a protest in Caracas.

The move is not likely to have a major impact on the Venezuelan economy, which has already been crippled by shortages of food and medicine, power outages, and strikes.

The court quickly overturned the most controversial part of its decision but the move triggered condemnation at home and overseas, as did Friday's news that the national comptroller had banned politician Henrique Capriles - seen as the opposition's best hope in a presidential election scheduled for next year - from office for 15 years.

The National Assembly later held a special meeting with dozens of civil society members to establish an agenda and create working groups with the goals of holding elections, letting humanitarian aid enter the country, restoring democratic institutions and freeing those deemed political prisoners.

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"Sorry, I'm coughing from all the tear gas because it's been a week of just breathing in tear gas that's also expired", she said. News that the national comptroller on Friday had banned high-profile opposition leaders Henrique Capriles from office for 15 years also drew broad criticism.

Protesters clashed with security forces during protests in Venezuela on Saturday after a ban on Capriles breathed life into a fractured movement and fueled the first sustained anti-government demonstrations since 2014. The prosecutor's office said in a statement it was investigating the incident.

Maduro counters that under a veneer of pacifism, the opposition is actually encouraging violent protests in a bid to topple his government.

Led by the right-wing opposition bloc - the MUD - the main protests took place in Caracas as thousands of supporters marched towards the city centre breaking police blockade. "Who is taking responsibility for damage to public property and persons?"

The opposition is demanding a date for gubernatorial elections, meant to be held past year, and is seeking early presidential elections.

The violence in the streets seemed to intensify.

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