Speaking to tens of thousands of supporters gathered in Caracas, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that another attempt to topple his government had been foiled Wednesday, even as opposition protesters continued to clash with police in other parts of the city.
Local 10 News reporter Christian De La Rosa was inside El Arepazo 2 Wednesday morning as a growing crowd chanted for the end of Maduro's government.
The Opposition called for renewed nationwide protests to pressure the government of to hold elections and improve a collapsing economy. Mr. "I have to send her food (and) toilet paper from here, from the United States, so she can have it there".
Tillerson says the U.S.is watching the situation closely and is working with others, particularly through the Organization of American States, to communicate its concerns to Venezuela.
Citing the need to maintain order, the Venezuelan government took extraordinary measures to limit the size of Wednesday's opposition march, cutting subway service and setting up roadblocks along highways. The opposition sees the government measures as turning Venezuela into a almost full-blown dictatorship.
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She had failed to show up for Easter church services on Sunday, and members of the congregation had become anxious . Police believe Mejia-Maya allegedly entered Thrasher's ground-floor apartment through an unlocked window.
But the rules for renewal are so steep they are "almost impossible" to meet, said the lone dissenting CNE official.
"Today the coup plotters tried to take power again and we have defeated them", Maduro said.
Maduro's opposition is also demanding new elections, which were indefinitely postponed previous year - mere months after Maduro also canceled a recall referendum that could have ousted him from power.
Opposition leaders also accuse the government of infiltrating marches with violent protesters as a way of discrediting them.
"President Maduro has called his supporters to march in some of the same places that the opposition had already targeted their supporters", David Smilde, a senior fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America, said on Wednesday.
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MARGARET WARNER: The oil-rich nation is also mired in an economic crisis, with skyrocketing, triple-digit inflation, rampant crime and food shortages.
The next biggest figure, Henrique Capriles, the current governor of Miranda and Maduro's challenger in 2013, learned on April 7 that the government had declared him ineligible to run in elections for the next 15 years. Officially known as the Venezuelan National Bolivarian Militia, it is a branch of the National Armed Forces of Venezuela created by the late President Hugo Chavez. Eleven countries called this week for a time frame to hold elections.
According to the Venezuelan Criminal Forum, cited by rights group Amnesty International, more than 100 people remain in detention in Venezuela for political reasons.
"We want to get out of all this oppression and dictatorship, all the mistreatment we have had - the hunger, the kids dying in the countryside, the poverty", another protester, an unemployed school teacher named Libertad Diaz, told Phil. Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay on Monday signed a joint statement asking for the Venezuelan government "to guarantee the right to peaceful demonstration", and avoid violence against protesters. The government last year abruptly postponed regional elections the opposition was heavily favoured to win, and cut off a petition drive to force a referendum seeking Maduro's removal before elections late next year.
Foreign governments are also warning about the increasingly bellicose rhetoric coming from the government.
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If need be, I will talk to them (Finance Ministry). "But how and when it will be provided, this is the question". Adding to the announcement, Bandaru Dattatreya said that formal discussion over the issue are over.
Maduro accused the U.S. State Department of encouraging a military intervention.
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