Venezuelans again take to streets as death toll jumps to 37
Venezuelans again take to streets as death toll jumps to 37
06 May, 2017, 22:33
Lopez's father and sister also said they doubt the veracity of the video released Thursday by the leader of the ruling socialist party in Venezuela, Diosdado Cabello, in response to rumours spreading online about Lopez's health.
Vowing to stay in the streets for as long as necessary, opposition leaders announced nationwide women's marches for Saturday with the biggest planned for the capital Caracas.
"The dictatorship is living its last days and Maduro knows it", one former lawmaker in the Caracas march, Maria Corina Machado, told AFP.
She said that Maduro's bid to rewrite the constitution was off-base.
In a May 1 speech, Maduro claimed that the revisions to the constitution would include measures to support the "post-petroleum economy", an oblique reference to the failure of 18 years of chavista rule to alter Venezuela's fatal semi-colonial dependence on a single commodity, oil. Looting broke out for a second straight night in the northern city of Valencia. Opposition leader murdered. President appears dancing.
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Venezuela has seen three attempted military coups since 1992.
The government and opposition accuse each other of paying armed groups to stir up violence in the protests.
Driving the latest outrage is the decree by Maduro to begin the process of rewriting Venezuela's constitution, which was pushed through in 1999 by Chavez, his predecessor and mentor.'Freddy Guevara, the legislature's first vice president, was whisked away by fellow protesters after apparently being struck in the foot by a tear gas canister.
Venezuela is being roiled by almost-daily protests that have shaken Maduro's grip on power and left more than 30 people dead.
Local news media on Friday carried a video circulating on Twitter that showed residents pulling down a statue of late President Hugo Chavez in the western state of Zulia.
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The International Socialist Organization called for members to meet at noon at the corner of Bancroft Way and Telegraph Avenue. Why do we owe them? "It's true that in recent months, protests on or near this bucolic campus have turned violent", CNN said .
"The debate about fake news is worldwide, but at least in other countries there are credible news sources of reference", says Andres Canizales, a media specialist at Andres Bello University in Caracas.
"It has no strength and is showing its worst side, using weapons because it is does not have right on its side".
The president, elected in 2013, says the crisis is a US-backed capitalist conspiracy. Symptomatic of the continuing internal crises of the Maduro government, and calculations among some of its leading figures that regime change may be near, Ortega intensified her criticisms in an interview with the Wall Street Journal this week, declaring, "It's time to hold talks and to negotiate".
Padrino Lopez called to recover a "serious country, where one can leave their home, take their auto, the bus, the subway, arrive at work and produce for their well-being and for the people of Venezuela".
USA media had reported that Holt, a Mormon former missionary recently married to a woman living in Caracas, was taken away by police who allegedly planted weapons in his apartment. The legislation also would instruct the intelligence community to prepare a partly unclassified report on Venezuelan government officials' involvement in corruption and drug trafficking.
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