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.
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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.
Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in recent weeks, angry about food shortages, a medical crisis and soaring inflation.
The death of Luis Alviarez, 18, brought the death toll in six weeks of protest to at least 39.
Venezuela’s elderly have been hard hit by four years of brutal recession, leading to shortages of food and medicines, long lines at shops and high prices.
The new weapon of excrement has been called the “Poopootov” in a play on the Molotov cocktails often seen at street protests in Venezuela.
The women’s marches were the latest in five weeks of sustained protests against Maduro, whom opponents decry as a dictator who has ruined the economy.
Opposition violence and the government’s increasing authoritarianism are both to blame.
In Zulia, as a symbolic act, a statue of late leader Hugo Chavez was destroyed by students who accused him of destroying their futures.
Maduro’s opponents say he is dismantling the country’s democracy by using repressive tactics to quell dissent amid rampant food and medicine shortages.
If the military abandons Venezuela’s power-grabbing president, it’s game over for the Maduro regime.
Protesters are in uproar about Maduro’s creation of an alternative “popular” congress viewed by foes as a ruse to dodge free elections and cling to power.
Maduro wants to create a new popular assembly with the power to re-write the constitution, which is being seen as a way to stifle anti-government protests.
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.