Venezuela's chief prosecutor decries violence as deaths rise

Venezuela's chief prosecutor decries violence as deaths rise

Venezuela's chief prosecutor decries violence as deaths rise

A 23-year-old man was shot dead on Tuesday at a political demonstration in Venezuela's western state of Lara, authorities said, bringing to at least 24 the number of deaths in unrest this month.

Protesters sprawled in lawn chairs, completed math homework and lined up motorcycles on main roads around Venezuela Monday as part of a sit-in against the government. It came a short while after envoys to the OAS approved a resolution convening a special meeting of regional foreign ministers to discuss Venezuela's crisis.

The government's disqualification from public office of two-time presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, who would be an opposition favorite to replace Maduro, gave further impetus to the demonstrations. "Politics should not lead us to war".

Political activists and Venezuelan media have reported more deaths, but those have not been confirmed. While the country lacks food and medicine, the opposition strategy aims to force early general elections.

Rodriguez said the pressure being brought by the USA on some of its traditional allies like Haiti to punish Venezuela was considerable.

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No country has ever withdrawn from the OAS since it was created in 1948 and it's not clear how complicated the process would be.

Venezuela had threatened to walk from the group if that meeting went ahead, and Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez tweeted on Wednesday afternoon that she would soon announce the president's instructions.

The U.S.is especially anxious about Caracas' supply of the Igla-S, the Russian version of the U.S. -made Stinger missile. "With a deeply frustrated populace and severe financial pressures, the prospects may be brighter for a negotiated solution to the multiple crises facing Venezuela, but only if mutual guarantees can be agreed upon", said Dr. McCoy. "The victory of the revolution".

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