Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Unrest In Venezuela -- News Updates April 26, 2017

NPR: Dueling Rallies Rack Caracas After Death Toll Inches Toward 30 In Venezuela

It has been just under a month since dissatisfaction with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro erupted into massive protests — but if Wednesday's street skirmishes in Caracas are any indication, the unrest is unlikely to end soon.

Nearly 30 people have been killed in the demonstration since the end of March, when the pro-Maduro Supreme Court tried to nullify an opposition-dominated legislature — but then quickly backpedaled.

Opposition leaders announced three of the deaths Wednesday, according to The Associated Press, which reports that the total death toll has climbed to 29. Reuters and the BBC place that number at 27 and 26, respectively.

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Unrest In Venezuela -- News Updates April 26, 2017

Venezuela death toll hits 29, protesters battle security forces -- Reuters
Venezuelan forces use tear gas to block latest protest march -- AP
Fresh clashes, deaths in Venezuela political struggle -- AFP
Venezuela: Protesters and police clash at opposition march -- BBC
Venezuela protesters hit by tear gas, vow to keep pressure on government -- Washington Post
As Venezuela pledges to arm civilians, experts worry that criminals will acquire military’s weapons -- South China Morning Post
How Venezuela's revolutionary dream descended into chaos -- Ryan Brading, The Independent

Update: Venezuela to quit Organization of American States (Al Jazeera)

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