Venezuela's Maduro gives details of plan to rewrite charter

Cheryl Sanders
May 24, 2017

Doctors rallied in Venezuela in the latest street protests against President Nicolas Maduro as the death toll climbed to 49 with the deepening unrest entering its eighth week.

Protesters burned down the house in the western city of Barinas where Chavez spent his early years, along with several government buildings, the Associated Press reported.

Diaz also appealed for help from other regional governments while stating that the acts of violence can be attributed to "radical sectors of the political opposition".

At least 53 people have died in anti-government protests over the last two months.

Faced with mounting unrest, Venezuela's unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro vowed on Tuesday to push ahead in July with the formation of a "constituent assembly" to rewrite the constitution before regional elections in December.


Enraged by the economic crisis and perceived lack of democratic solutions, some Venezuelans have taken out their ire by publicly shaming government officials or knocking down statues of firebrand late leftist Hugo Chavez, who governed Venezuela from 1999 to 2013.

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Crowds doused a man in fuel and set him alight at a demonstration on Sunday.

Some reports said the man was accused of being a thief but the government alleged he was attacked for being a Maduro supporter.

The opposition is demanding general elections.


It is not clear what triggered the attack, which is under investigation, although some eyewitnesses told local media that Mr Zaragoza was caught robbing demonstrators who had gathered by the tens of thousands to protest against Mr Maduro's rule.

All of those targeted will have U.S. assets frozen and be denied travel to the United States, while American citizens will be barred from doing b us iness with them, officials said.

The statement issued at the end of the 20th Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR), the foreign ministers said that they were "united in their view" that respect for these values and principles in addressing worldwide situations of concern "would prove valuable and pertinent in addressing concerns over the situation in Venezuela".

Videos taken by witnesses appeared to show the boy of the lifeless teen being rushed to the hospital on a motorcycle to the hospital.

Residents of Caracas on Monday awoke to several smoldering barricades made of trash and torn-down street signs.


Young males with their faces covered or wearing gas masks put down barbed wire at roadblocks every few blocks and menacingly asked bystanders for contributions to their "Resistance" movement. Given the technical issues and other reasons the electoral council has provided for the year-long delay, Leon said it was astonishing that a new election could be convened within a period of just two months.

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