Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Venezuela In Crisis -- News Updates May 3, 2017

Opposition supporters clash with riot police during a rally against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, May 3, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Veron

Reuters: Venezuela violence flares as foes decry Maduro's power shakeup

Masked youths at the head of a Venezuelan opposition march on Wednesday lit fires and hurled stones at security forces who shot teargas to stop their latest demonstration against President Nicolas Maduro on the capital's main thoroughfare.

In a familiar pattern from a month of protests against the socialist government, thousands of opposition supporters rallied peacefully for several hours before being blocked, sparking fights between youths and National Guard troops.

At least 33 people have been killed and hundreds injured and arrested since the anti-Maduro unrest began in early April.

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Venezuela In Crisis -- News Updates May 3, 2017

Venezuela's Maduro starts constitution rewrite amid protests -- AP
Police fire water cannon at anti-govt rally in Venezuela after pelted with smoke bombs -- RT
Armored Car Hits Crowd as Venezuela Riots Leave 161 Injured -- Bloomberg
Venezuela assembly plan prompts more unrest -- Financial Times
Venezuelan leaders welcome new U.S. sanctions, say Washington's role is pivotal -- FOX News
Venezuelans are losing weight amid food shortages, skyrocketing prices -- CNN
Why Venezuela’s struggling president just called for a new constitution -- Mariana Zuñiga and Nick Miroff, Washington Post
'Everything is in chaos': night of violence reveals depths of Venezuela crisis -- Virginia López, The Guardian
Gas masks, face paint, shields: Battle gear for a Venezuela protest -- L.A. Times
Slamming Venezuela's once-fashionable 'Chavismo,' stars cheer protest -- Reuters
Venezuela’s leader wants to replace the National Assembly with one beholden to him -- Francisco Toro, Washington Post

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