Venezuela protests - updates

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5 dead, 233 arrested in Venezuela protests – Attorney General

May 07, 2019 - 7:38 AM

Nicolas Maduro threatens to go after 'traitors' after crisis-wracked Venezuela's military leadership reaffirms its loyalty to the socialist president

PROTEST. A man flutters Venezuelan national flags in front of a line of police during an opposition demo calling for the armed forces to disobey Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro near La Carlota Air Base in Caracas on May 4, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

$100 million in humanitarian aid pledged to crisis-hit Venezuela

Feb 15, 2019 - 12:40 PM

Venezuela is plagued by hyperinflation and major shortages of basic goods, and two men – Juan Guaido and Nicolas Maduro – are vying for control of the country

BLOCKADE. This photo taken on February 14, 2019 shows a general view of the Tienditas International Bridge border with Venezuela, in Cucuta, Colombia. Photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Trump blasts Venezuela over blocked U.S. aid shipments

Feb 14, 2019 - 12:34 PM

Stressing he had not ruled out military options, Donald Trump says he was 'sad' about the 'turmoil' in the oil-rich Latin American nation

AID TROUBLES. General view of the Tienditas Bridge on the border between the Colombian city of Cucuta and Tachira, Venezuela, after Venezuelan military forces block the bridge with containers on February 5, 2019. File photo by Schneyder Mendoza/AFP

United Nations chief willing to broker end to Venezuela crisis

Feb 12, 2019 - 10:51 AM

The United Nations calls for serious political negotiations between the two sides to prevent a slide toward more violence in Venezuela

MEDIATION. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks during the "Africa leadership meeting, investing in health", ahead of an African Union summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa on February 9, 2019. File photo by Simon Maina/AFP

Venezuela opposition announces new aid hub, prepares protest

Feb 12, 2019 - 7:45 AM

Juan Guaido says 300,000 people risk death if the donated supplies, stockpiled at Venezuela's border with Colombia, are not brought in soon

BLOCKING AID. A member of Venezuela's Bolivarian National Guard patrols at Tienditas international bridge in Urena, Tachira state, Venezuela, in the border with Colombia, backdropped by containers placed by Venezuelan military forces to block the bridge, on February 11, 2019. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Italy to host Venezuela delegation at Guaido's request

Feb 07, 2019 - 7:43 AM

Matteo Salvini says he will meet the team on Monday, February 11, after Juan Guaido sends a letter requesting talks 'as soon as possible' to present 'the action plan to relaunch democracy in Venezuela through free and fair elections'

DELEGATION TO ITALY. Venezuela's opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido arrives at the Federal Legislative Palace in Caracas, on February 4, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Venezuela's military blocks humanitarian aid shipment

Feb 06, 2019 - 12:15 PM

(UPDATED) Juan Guaido, who proclaimed himself acting president on January 23, claims that up to 300,000 people face death if the aid is not delivered

BLOCKED. General view of the Tienditas Bridge on the border between the Colombian city of Cucuta and Tachira, Venezuela, after Venezuelan military forces block the bridge with containers on February 5, 2019. Photo by Schneyder Mendoza/AFP

Guaido boosted by Europe backing in Venezuela standoff

Feb 05, 2019 - 11:41 AM

(UPDATED) Britain, France and Spain are among 19 EU nations to side with Juan Guaido, following in the footsteps of key regional powers and the United States

STANDOFF. This combination of pictures created on January 25, 2019 shows Venezuela's National Assembly head Juan Guaido (L) speaking to opposition supporters at the Central University of Caracas (UCV) in Caracas, on January 21, 2019 and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro offering a press conference in Caracas, on January 25, 2019. File phot by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Venezuela's opposition to up pressure on Maduro with new rally

Feb 01, 2019 - 6:30 PM

'We must all take to the streets of Venezuela and the world with a clear goal: to accompany the ultimatum given by members of the European Union,' Juan Guaido says in an appeal to his countrymen

PRESSURING MADURO. Opposition leader and self-proclaimed "acting president" Juan Guaido (C), marches surrounded by students during a protest he convened against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, outside Venezuela's Central University (UCV) in Caracas, on January 30, 2019. Photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Venezuela's military backs Maduro, as standoff hardens with U.S.

Jan 25, 2019 - 8:32 AM

As the death toll from days of street protests jumps to 26, Nicolas Maduro announces the closure of Venezuela's embassy and consulates in the United States

MADURO AND VENEZUELA. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (C) attends a ceremony to celebrate the 81st anniversary of the National Guard in Caracas on August 4, 2018. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Maduro rallies military support as U.S. backs Venezuela challenger

Jan 24, 2019 - 8:06 PM

A furious Nicolas Maduro responds to the US move by breaking off diplomatic ties with the 'imperialist' US government, giving its diplomats 72 hours to leave

EMBATTLED. In this file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during the IV Gas Exporting Countries Forum Summit in Bolivia on November 24, 2017. Photo by Aizar Raldes/AFP

U.N. chief urges dialogue in Venezuela to avert 'disaster'

Jan 24, 2019 - 6:35 PM

'What we are worried (about) with the situation in Venezuela is the suffering of the people of Venezuela,' says UN chief Antonio Guterres

ACTING PRESIDENT? Venezuela's National Assembly head Juan Guaido speaks to the crowd during a mass opposition rally against leader Nicolas Maduro in which he declared himself the country's 'acting president,' on the anniversary of a 1958 uprising that overthrew a military dictatorship, in Caracas on January 23, 2019. Photo by FedericoParra/AFP

Maduro installs disputed new Venezuela assembly

Aug 04, 2017 - 11:37 AM

3rd UPDATE The inaugural session of its 500 plus members – who include Maduro s wife and son – will take place under high tension

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (L) and members of the military high command seen during a military parade in Caracas on February 1, 2017. Juan Barreto/AFP

Venezuela opposition delays protest until Friday

Aug 03, 2017 - 10:28 PM

The Democratic Unity Roundtable says on Twitter that the protest would be pushed back to coincide with the planned opening of the controversial Constituent Assembly which Maduro earlier announced would be delayed until Friday

Handout picture released by the Venezuelan presidency showing President Nicolas Maduro (C) talking during a meeting with constitutionalists in Caracas on August 2, 2017. President Maduro postponed the launch of a powerful new "constituent assembly" to Friday, pushing it back a day in the face of international accusations of undermining democracy and opposition calls for massive protests. / AFP PHOTO / Venezuelan Presidency / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /PRESIDENCY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Venezuela protest ban dampens street opposition to Maduro

Jul 29, 2017 - 8:52 AM

UPDATED President Nicolas Maduro warns that anyone taking part in new protests against the election to choose a Constituent Assembly tasked with rewriting Venezuela s constitution risk up to 10 years in prison

UNREST. Anti-government activists take shelter during clashes with riot police in a protest in Caracas on July 28, 2017. Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Venezuela's government, opposition on deadly collision course

Jul 28, 2017 - 8:58 AM

UPDATED Fears of open civil conflict have prompted an exodus of thousands of Venezuelans into neighboring Colombia

PROTESTS. Anti-government activists burn tires during clashes with the National Guard in Caracas on July 27, 2017 on the second day of a 48-hour general strike called by the opposition. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Venezuelan opposition readies another strike

Jul 23, 2017 - 11:38 AM

Venezuela s opposition calls a fresh 48 hour general strike against embattled President Nicolas Maduro s plans to have the constitution rewritten

Opposition activists clash with riot police during a march towards the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) in an offensive against President Maduro and his call for Constituent Assembly in Caracas on July 22, 2017. Juan Barreto/AFP

Venezuela strike deepens challenge to Maduro's rule

Jul 20, 2017 - 9:32 PM

UPDATED Two young men were killed in separate demonstrations according to prosecutors

VENEZUELA STRIKE. Commuters wait for public transport during a general strike in Caracas, on July 20, 2017. Photo by Juan Barreto/ AFP

Venezuela opposition calls nationwide strike against Maduro

Jul 18, 2017 - 7:40 AM

The strike call is part of what the opposition calls a final offensive aimed at forcing Nicolas Maduro out through early elections before his term ends in 2019

The vice president of Venezuela's National Assembly, Freddy Guevara, talks during a meeting in Caracas on July 17, 2017. Juan Barreto/AFP

The week in photos: May 27-June 2, 2017

Jun 03, 2017 - 12:43 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Copenhagen's world famous statue of The Little Mermaid is pictured after it has been exposed to vandalism and was painted red on May 30, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Scanpix Denmark / Ida Marie Odgaard / Denmark OUT

Clashes as Venezuela opposition turns up heat on government

May 30, 2017 - 8:47 AM

Monday s May 29 rally is the first since the weekend announcement of the stepping up of pressure on Nicolas Maduro

DEFIANCE. Opposition activists and riot police clash during a demonstration against President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas on May 29, 2017. Luis Robayo/AFP

The week in photos: May 20-26, 2017

May 27, 2017 - 8:57 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

VATICAN VISIT. Pope Francis walks past US First Lady Melania Trump (R) and the daughter of US President Donald Trump Ivanka Trump (L) at the end of a private audience at the Vatican on May 24, 2017. Photo by Alessandra Tarantino/AFP/Pool

Venezuela toll rises to 48 dead after protester killed

May 21, 2017 - 11:40 PM

A 23 year old protester shot in the chest dies – the latest fatality in 7 weeks of anti government protests

Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on May 20, 2017.  Venezuelan protesters and supporters of embattled President Nicolas Maduro take to the streets Saturday as a deadly political crisis plays out in a divided country on the verge of paralysis. / AFP PHOTO / FEDERICO PARRA

Up to 200,000 protesters march against Venezuela's Maduro

May 21, 2017 - 9:27 AM

Increasing number of gunshot wounds are reported as protests turn violent Federal prosecutors say they are investigating the role of police and military personnel in the incidents

POLITICAL CRISIS. Opposition activists protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in San Cristobal, Tachira State, Venezuela, on May 20, 2017. AFP Photo

The week in photos: May 13-19, 2017

May 20, 2017 - 7:42 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Venezuelan opposition activists clash with the riot police during a rally against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, on May 18, 2017. Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles said Thursday authorities confiscated his passport and prevented him from travelling to New York to discuss his country's deadly political crisis with United Nations officials. On Monday Venezuelans launched a seventh week of anti-government demonstrations by blocking roads, vowing not to budge all day in protest at a deadly political and economic crisis. / AFP PHOTO / FEDERICO PARRA

Venezuelans clog roads – even on horseback – in new anti-gov't protest

May 14, 2017 - 10:35 AM

We are going to stay in the street building a way out of the crisis vows Venezuelan opposition lawmaker Freddy Guevara

People march against President Nicolas Maduro through the streets of Caracas on May 13, 2017.  Daily clashes between demonstrators -who blame elected President Nicolas Maduro for an economic crisis that has caused food shortages- and security forces have left 38 people dead since April 1. Protesters demand early elections, accusing Maduro of repressing protesters and trying to install a dictatorship.  / AFP PHOTO / Federico PARRA

The week in photos: May 5-12, 2017

May 13, 2017 - 8:00 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

STREET ART. A painted mural by British graffiti artist Banksy depicting a workman chipping away at one of the stars on a European Union themed flag is photographed in Dover, England on May 8, 2017. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Women march to keep pressure on Venezuela's Maduro

May 06, 2017 - 11:53 PM

The protest is being led by Lilian Tintori wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez

IN PROTEST. Venezuelan opposition activists take part in a women's march aimed to keep pressure on President Nicolas Maduro on May 6. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Young man dies in Venezuela unrest, toll hits 36

May 05, 2017 - 11:53 PM

Hecder Lugo Perez dies after being hit in the head by a projectile in the northwestern city of Valencia sources at the Valles de San Diego medical clinic say

MORE VIOLENCE. Opposition demonstrators and riot police clash during a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on May 3, 2017. Photo by Carlos Becerra/AFP

Venezuela protests rage, death toll hits 33

May 05, 2017 - 12:13 AM

Scores of students begin marching in the sunshine in Caracas in the latest rallies against President Nicolas Maduro s plan to rewrite the constitution

PROTESTS. Opposition activists march during a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on May 3, 2017.Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Constitution bid inflames deadly Venezuela crisis

May 03, 2017 - 7:08 AM

Nicolas Maduro s plan announced May 1 inflames the opposition which is calling for even bigger demonstrations to demand elections

NO MORE. An opposition activist holds a sign reading 'No more dictatorship' as he blocks a street during a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, on May 2, 2017. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Venezuela opposition defiant as protesters shot dead

Apr 25, 2017 - 8:38 AM

UPDATED Maduro s center right rivals plan to push on with a three week wave of street protests that have seen 25 people killed in clashes involving protesters and security forces

Death toll spikes to 20 in Venezuela protests

Apr 22, 2017 - 1:09 PM

The opposition accuses the government of sending gangs of armed thugs to attack them

PROTESTS. Venezuela has been rocked by violence over the past 3 weeks which has claimed 20 lives. Screenshot from Agence France-Presse

1 dead as Venezuela police, protesters clash

Apr 07, 2017 - 11:46 AM

UPDATED Street protests are among the few options left for the center right opposition to pressure Maduro whom they blame for the country s descent into economic calamity

PROTESTS. Venezuelan opposition activists clash with the police during a protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro on April 6, 2017 in Caracas. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Fresh protests press Maduro in tense Venezuela crisis

Sep 08, 2016 - 9:46 AM

Outrage is mounting over shortages of food and medicine threatening Maduro and the socialist revolution his late predecessor Hugo Chavez launched in 1999

People demonstrating against President Nicolas Maduro are blocked by the National police in front of the Electoral National Council in San Cristobal, Venezuela, on September 7, 2016. George Castellanos/AFP

Venezuela protests against Maduro to test state of emergency

May 18, 2016 - 6:45 PM

The demonstrations mark the strongest challenge yet to Maduro s controversial declaration of a state of emergency

MADURO. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela, May 17, 2016. Photo by Miguel Gutierrez/EPA

Venezuelan students demand end to 'deadly force' order

Feb 26, 2015 - 9:47 AM

Angry Venezuelan students march to the justice ministry to demand it revoke a resolution allowing police to use deadly force at protests

FAREWELL. A group of people hold the coffin of late 14-year-old Kluiverth Roa during a mass held at San Cristobal, Venezuela, 25 February 2015. Jorge Castellanos/EPA

Venezuela authorizes use of deadly force at demos

Jan 31, 2015 - 9:44 AM

Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez says the rule is a direct response to last year s violence which took weeks to quell

HRW denounces 'pattern of serious abuses' in Venezuela

May 05, 2014 - 10:44 PM

A Human Rights Watch official says that the pattern of abuse has created one of the most serious crises in Venezuela in years

Venezuela's Maduro hikes salaries by 30 percent

Apr 30, 2014 - 1:55 PM

President Nicolas Maduro promised another increase for later this year

DISSENT IN THEIR RANKS? Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro speaks during a pro-government march in Caracas, Venezuela, 24 February 2014. File photo by Miraflores Press/Handout/EPA

Venezuela forces take opposition protest plaza

Mar 18, 2014 - 6:44 AM

Government forces take over Plaza Altamira as the death toll from 6 weeks of protests reach 29

Prepare to evacuate, Filipinos in Venezuela told

Mar 07, 2014 - 10:00 AM

The Department of Foreign Affairs raises crisis alert level 2 in Venezuela because of anti government protests there

MORE PROTESTS. Hundreds of people participates in a protest against Venezuelan government, in Caracas, Venezuela, 04 March 2014. Miguel Gutierrez/EPA

Maduro wants South America to meet on Venezuela crisis

Mar 07, 2014 - 7:40 AM

The move came a day after the Venezuelan leader broke off relations with Panama following its call for a meeting of the rival Washington based Organization of American States

DISSENT IN THEIR RANKS? Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro speaks during a pro-government march in Caracas, Venezuela, 24 February 2014. Miraflores Press/Handout/EPA

Thousands protest ahead of Chavez anniversary

Mar 05, 2014 - 7:48 AM

The demonstrators say they want to show that protesters are not just from the middle class and that the capital s poorer places are not all strongholds of the socialist government

MORE PROTESTS. Hundreds of people participates in a protest against Venezuelan government, in Caracas, Venezuela, 04 March 2014. Miguel Gutierrez/EPA

Pope Francis appeals for reconciliation in Venezuela

Feb 26, 2014 - 9:39 PM

The Argentinian pope called for mutual forgiveness and a sincere dialogue respectful of truth and justice

PEACE. Pope Francis calls for forgiveness and peace after deadly protests in Venezuela. File photo by Filippo Monteforte/Agence France-Presse

Thousands in Venezuela march against violent crime

Jan 27, 2014 - 8:18 AM

Maduro: Either we build peace in our society together or there will not be any peace in our society

VENEZUELAN FOSSILS. Paleontologists find new fossils in Venezuela