Venezuela’s government is intensifying its crackdown on critics of President Nicolas Maduro, ordering the detention of the husband of former Public Prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz and separate investigations of prominent opposition leaders.
A Venezuelan assembly rewriting the nation’s constitution is intensifying a campaign of persecution that already has sent opposition politicians into hiding, exile and prison.
Venezuela’s newly convened assembly ousted Chief Prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz, the highest-ranking member of President Nicolas Maduro’s administration to break ranks. Separately, the oil-rich nation was suspended from the regional trading group Mercosur.
Venezuela’s newly convened and widely reviled assembly that will rewrite the constitution selected as its leader Delcy Rodriguez, a former foreign minister and fiery ally of President Nicolas Maduro.
In as little as 24 hours, a clash of powers is set to unfold in the Venezuelan capital’s gold-domed Federal Legislative Palace, where a newly elected legislative super body will attempt to convene alongside the National Assembly, the only arm of government not controlled by President Nicolas Maduro or his allies.
Venezuela’s state-owned oil company and its partners have quietly started working on a Plan B to find markets for the country’s crude oil if the White House ratchets up sanctions and bans imports.
It took a single day for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to make his authoritarian intentions clear.
Police clashed with demonstrators who blocked roads and rallied against a contentious ballot on Sunday that marked the first step toward remaking Venezuela’s constitution in a way that could upend decades of democracy in the oil-producing nation.
Venezuelans are stockpiling scarce food and water as tensions mount ahead of a widely criticized Sunday vote that President Nicolas Maduro has called to elect an assembly of supporters to rewrite the constitution and strengthen his grip on power.
Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the former Spanish prime minister who has pushed for peaceful solution to Venezuela’s crisis, held talks with opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez in Caracas on Monday.
Barricades sprang up around Caracas before dawn Tuesday, bringing the city to a virtual standstill as government opponents protested President Nicolas Maduro’s effort to overhaul Venezuela’s constitution.
Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro, drew widespread criticism at home and abroad when he announced in May that he’d convoke a constituent assembly to consider changing the country’s constitution -- which has already happened 26 times in the nation’s 206-year history. The opposition slammed the move as an illegal power grab, predicting that the government would stack the assembly with its supporters. An estimated 7.5 million people participated in an unofficial referendum organized by Maduro’s
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro faced growing pressure to cancel plans to rewrite the constitution on Monday with an emboldened opposition calling for a 24-hour strike this week and U.S. President Donald Trump warning of “strong and swift economic actions.”
Leopoldo Lopez’s abrupt transfer to house arrest after three years in military prison was cause for celebration in certain quarters of Venezuela’s bitter political landscape.
Venezuela’s opposition alliance is planning to hold an unofficial plebiscite on July 16 to gauge support for a national unity government as months of violent protests spread into poorer neighborhoods of Caracas.
In Caracas, the rich and poor are suddenly less divided.
First, Luisa Ortega Diaz noticed people started following her family. Then, anonymous threats started to pour in. Her stepdaughter was briefly kidnapped.
The Trump administration is seeking to spur negotiations to end Venezuela’s political crisis, pressing Western Hemisphere nations meeting in Mexico this week to set up a mechanism for new talks to resolve a threat to regional stability.
Venezuelans’ fury is global. Roy Chaderton, a senior member of the country’s diplomatic service, discovered this when he was pelted with garbage on a street in Madrid.
Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro, drew widespread criticism at home and abroad when he announced he will convoke a constituent assembly to consider changing the country’s constitution -- which has already happened 26 times in the nation’s 205-year history. Though Maduro hasn’t provided too many specific details about what he wants to see in a new constitution, the opposition quickly slammed the move as an illegal power grab and predicted that the government would stack the assembly with its
Hundreds of Venezuelans arrested in the past week have been tried in secretive military courts, a new maneuver by the government of President Nicolas Maduro as he fights to retain his grip on power in the face of escalating political opposition and massive street protests.
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro called for a popular assembly to write a new constitution, a fresh attempt to consolidate his hold on the nation and an escalation of a crisis that has brought hundreds of thousands into the streets.
Venezuela’s isolation grew Thursday as the European Parliament passed a resolution condemning the “brutal repression” of protesters by state security forces, saying more than 20 people had been killed in demonstrations over the past month.
Venezuela saw its bloodiest night of protests yet on Thursday, with 12 people killed in demonstrations and looting across the capital.
Caracas faced another tense day after massive protests against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, with barricades of trash and debris in the streets, shuttered businesses and sporadic blossoms of tear gas.
Protesters thronged the main avenues of Caracas and other Venezuelan cities, braving bullets, tear gas and militant supporters of President Nicolas Maduro in the biggest show of opposition to his rule in months.
Hundreds of demonstrators clashed with Venezuelan security forces Tuesday as they tried to rally behind lawmakers locked in a bitter dispute with the administration of President Nicolas Maduro and the Supreme Court.