The crisis-ridden Venezuela is one of the world’s most violent countries and it also has a notoriously overcrowded and violent jail system.
The wave of protests since early April against socialist President Nicolas Maduro have sparked Venezuela’s worst violence since 2014.
The announcement came after the OAS agreed on Wednesday to hold a meeting of foreign ministers to discuss the situation in Venezuela.
The unrest is Venezuela’s worst since 2014, when 43 people died in months of mayhem sparked by protests against Nicolas Maduro.
Protests and sit-ins against Maduro’s government continue amidst politically-motivated shootings and clashes as Venezuela faces a severe economic crisis.
Twelve people have been killed in a renewed wave of demonstrations this month in incidents primarily involving security forces or armed civilians.
Opposition leaders have promised to keep up their protests, demanding the government call regional elections that have been delayed since last year, free almost 100 jailed opposition activists and respect the autonomy of the opposition-led Congress.
Given a lack of public information about the armed forces, which number about 140,000, it is not possible to get a sense of the extent of the discontent or statistics for resignations or hires.
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
The patently illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro is hanging on to power in Venezuela with the brute support of a complicit military.
The demonstrations were sparked by the Supreme Court’s attempt to take control of Venezuela’s opposition-led congress last week.
Protests also were staged in other cities and more are planned across the country for April 6.
Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Guatemala and Panama expressed strong concerns while Peru withdrew its envoy terming it a rupture of democracy.
Last week, 14 nations urged elections and freedom of jailed opponents of President Maduro’s socialist government, turning up the pressure on him.
Triple digit inflation and a decaying socialist economic model have left medications ranging from simple anti-inflammatory drugs to chemotherapy medication out of reach for most Venezuelans.
Researchers say many tree species populating the Amazon region appear to be abundant because they were cultivated by people who populated the area before Europeans arrived more than five centuries ago.
The network had irked the socialist government with various reports, including one alleging passports and visas were being sold illegally at Venezuela’s embassy in Iraq.
The US Department of Treasury on Monday labelled El Aissami a drug “kingpin,” accusing him of facilitating shipments by air and sea and having links to drug gangs in Mexico and Colombia.
Opponents of the unpopular Socialist leader say his administration should be focused on stocking empty supermarkets and pharmacies amid brutal shortages.
Naming a new Vice-President, Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro announced a few changes in other key positions in his cabinet as well.
New governments were voted in, others struggled through crises, some economies recovered and one country inched closer to peace. Next year brings promise to some, stability to others and continued unrest elsewhere.
Roughly one person is lynched every three days in crisis-hit Venezuela as frustrated residents take revenge on suspected criminals.
Bolivia’s constitution allows for presidents to serve two consecutive terms, although courts have decided that Morales’ first term, from 2006 to 2010, does not count because the country adapted a new constitution in 2009.
President Maduro suspended the elimination of the country’s largest denomination bill, which had sparked cash shortages and nationwide unrest.
The end of fossil fuels is approaching fast. But the question remains of what to do with those that remain, waiting to be sold.
The revolutionary leader, who defied the US for over 50 years, has left behind in much of the world a feeling of inevitable, but nonetheless irreparable, loss.
Venezuelan government officials failed to attend meetings, throwing cold water on Vatican-brokered attempts to bridge the country’s deep political crisis.
Peru rebuked the UN Food and Agriculture Organization for hiring former first lady Nadine Heredia while she is a suspect in a money laundering inquiry.
The National Assembly declared Rafael Ramirez “politically responsible” for the state oil company corruption during his decade-long tenure.
Enraged by last week’s suspension of their push for a referendum to remove Maduro, thousands turned out in protest against him.
The opposition has accused Maduro of veering into dictatorship by sidelining the legislature, detaining opponents and blocking a plebiscite.
Opposition leaders were caught off guard by the announcement of talks by coalition head Jesus Torrealba and plan to hold a street protest on Wednesday.
The suspension of the recall vote by Venezuela’s electoral authority sparked an outcry from the opposition who accused the Socialist government of dictatorial tactics.
Opinion polls show the socialists would currently fare badly in any election, and government sources have said they are hoping for an oil price recovery to help them.
Critics of the Ruling Socialist party frequently ridicule its efforts to build the country’s presence in international politics, while inflation and chronic product shortages continue.
Venezuela’s UN representative Rafael Ramirez called Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s comments on Venezuela’s crisis “a gratuitous attack.”
Heads of state from the 120-nation Cold War-era bloc have been invited for the summit, though only the leaders of Zimbabwe, Iran, Cuba, Bolivia and Ecuador are currently thought to be coming.
The founding members of Mercosur gave the socialist-led nation until December 1 to meet its membership requirements.
India should not ignore the fact that the Non Aligned Movement comprises frontline states in the contest for economic influence between China and the United States.
The opposition Democratic Unity coalition estimated at least 1 million people took part in the protest.