President Nicolas Maduro sponsored last month’s election of the 545-member constituent assembly over objections from the opposition.
Following Trump’s statement that military intervention in Venezuela was an option, many Maduro critics are rejecting the idea of a foreign invasion.
Trump’s threat is a surprise escalation of Washington’s response to Venezuela’s political crisis that Caracas has disparaged as “craziness”.
Renowned political scientist George Maher discusses the latest developments in Venezuela: a new UN human rights report, US sanctions and the begrudging admission by Maduro’s foes that he still has popular support.
In a declaration in Lima, countries including Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Colombia condemned the “breakdown of democratic order” in Venezuela.
Foreign ministers of Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil urged Maduro to release prisoners and immediately start a political transition.
Amidst the social upheaval in Venezuela, 1,420 Venezuelans have sought asylum in Mexico in the first six months in 2017, a nearly four-fold jump from 2016.
The assembly is meant to be a legislative super-body designed to give Maduro powers to rewrite the constitution and sideline the opposition-led congress.
No oil-related measures were included in the announcement, but such measures remain under consideration, according to congressional sources.
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Wuilly Arteaga had become an iconic face in anti-Maduro protests, playing the national anthem as tear gas enveloped him and rubber bullets flew around him.
Jesus Rojas and Zuleima Gonzalez were seized in central Anzoategui state after another appointee, Angel Zerpa, was arrested over the weekend.
The majority-backed opposition want Venezuelans to close businesses, halt transport and barricade streets as part of a civil disobedience campaign.
Record high numbers turned out to participate in a historic dry run vote for the constituent assembly, aimed at easing tensions and creating a more representative constitution.
Luisa Ortega has said she is expecting to be fired after alleging human rights abuses and erosion of democracy under the country’s leftist president.
The country that was once South America’s richest is now on the verge of bankruptcy.
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.
Latin America’s murder rate is the highest in the world, accounting for one in every four homicides on the planet.
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”.
From paintings to poems to photographs, the youth of Venezuela has started marching in public spaces and right in front of security forces in many areas.
The pan-American organisation stood at a deadlock regarding a resolution to criticise the Venezuelan government for the crisis, while Venezuela itself pulled out in protest.
Nicolas Maduro slammed the US-based website after many government-linked accounts were suspended, urged citizens to flood the service in retaliation.
The prosecutor accused the security forces of ‘excessive violence’ and heavily criticised President Maduro’s decision to revise the constitution.
Trump’s revised approach calls for stricter enforcement of a longtime ban on Americans going to Cuba as tourists
In an era of dwindling press freedom and mass socio-economic crisis, journalists and activists in the country are taking innovative measures to bring the news to the masses.
Luisa Ortega has questioned President Maduro’s handling of opposition street protests in recent weeks and challenged his plan to rewrite a constitution brought in by late leader Hugo Chavez.
According to a recent poll, 85% of the citizens were opposed to this decision.
The soldiers, who include colonels and captains, are being held in a prison outside Caracas, according to lists being circulated within the military.
Tensions in two months of sustained unrest spiked on Sunday with the death of a young man who was set on fire last month during an anti-government protest.
The US government has pre-emptively formulated the plan in case more pressure needs to be put on the ‘corrupt’ Venezuelan leaders.
With international pressure mounting on the Venezuelan government, foreign ministers from the 34 nation OAS bloc met in Washington to debate the situation in Venezuela.
President Maduro’s comments came after criticism from opponents and some within his own government that his plan for a new constitution was undemocratic.
The dictator-turned-democrat president of this small South American country is facing serious criminal charges, with thousands out on the street protesting the economic chaos the country is spiralling into. But the world isn’t paying attention.
Fifty-nine people have died in the often violent street melees, which President Maduro calls an effort to overthrow his government.
Prosecutor Luisa Ortega has also accused security officers of using excessive force.
President Maduro accused the mob of attacking the man, whom he identified as 21-year old Orlando Figuera, because he was pro-government.
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.
In Venezuela, the media has been under immense pressure for years, first under Hugo Chávez and now from the President Maduro administration.
Unrest and protests against President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government since early April have caused at least 46 deaths, injuries to many and arrests.