In a declaration in Lima, countries including Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Colombia condemned the “breakdown of democratic order” in Venezuela.
Hours after being transferred from military jail, Leopoldo Lopez appeared at his Caracas house, waving the Venezuelan flag before his supporters, urging them to continue protests against President Maduro.
Detainees, which include officers as well as low-ranked servicemen serve as proof of dissatisfaction and dissent within Venezuela’s 150,000-strong military.
At least 79 people – including passers-by and security forces – have died in the daily exercises of democratic participation that began in April.
UN criticised the Venezuela premiere for the death of protesters at the hands of security forces and for curtailing the powers of the country’s chief prosecutor.
Millions of Venezuelans are struggling with shortages and triple-digit inflation in socio-political upheaval that has triggered months of street protests.
Faced with a rising tide of popular discontent and pressure from the US and Mexico, the OAS looks to chastise a belligerent Venezuela which accused the member nations of being “lapdogs of imperialism”.
Nicolas Maduro slammed the US-based website after many government-linked accounts were suspended, urged citizens to flood the service in retaliation.
Chief state prosecutor Luisa Ortega stunned the crisis-hit country in March when she lambasted the Supreme Court for annulling the powers of the opposition-led National Assembly.
A renewed wave of protests was sparked by a Supreme Court move to assume the powers of the opposition-led Congress and by barring Henrique Capriles from public office
Venezuelan President Maduro is opposing calls for a constitutional mid-term referendum while the country suffers an economic crisis, including a recession and the world’s highest inflation rate.