GM says Venezuela has seized its car plant

Thousands of demonstrators rallied Wednesday against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas. 

Amnesty International warned of the repression of rights and UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres urged "concrete gestures from all sided to reduce the polarization". Ford suspended operations at its Valencia plant in December due to slumping sales.

Maduro, addressing supporters Wednesday, said he was "anxious" to see elections take place sometime "soon" and repeated his call for dialogue, something many in the opposition see as a stalling tactic. It said 334 remained in jail Thursday.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is criticizing the Venezuelan government over the seizure of General Motors assembly plant in the South American nation. Tens of thousands of protesters asking for the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro flooded th. Bacardi's legal battle with the government for its Havana Club trademark remains in court today.

He said USA and other foreign companies operating in Venezuela "should have no illusions about the risks of doing business under the current regime".

There was a heavy security presence on the streets of the capital, with armored trucks and riot police guarding the main roads. There, he asked officers to allow the protesters to assemble peacefully, and held out a Bible.

On Thursday, General Motors, which has been in Venezuela for 35 years, said it was ceasing business in the country after the government seized one of its factories. It said that authorities had removed assets including cars from company facilities.

The State Department said Thursday it was reviewing details of the GM case but called on Venezuelan authorities to act swiftly and transparently to resolve the dispute. The statement said a fair judicial system is critical to economic reforms that would restore growth, but it made no mention of any action the US government might take.

Hundreds of workers desperate for information about their jobs gathered at the plant to meet government and military officials as well as representatives of the dealership that brought the lawsuit.

Venezuela's Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez announced on her Twitter account that "armed bands hired by the opposition attacked a maternal and child hospital with 54 children (inside)".

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The current wave of marches, the most sustained protests against Maduro since 2014, has sparked regular clashes in which youths and National Guard troops exchange volleys of rocks and tear gas.

On Wednesday, Maduro said he looked forward to seeing his foes at the ballot box but stopped short of saying when a vote might be held. Witnesses and members of the opposition claim government supporters fired the fatal shot.

"We are concerned about that situation". It was unclear how many people remained in custody on Thursday. "We continue to work with the Venezuelan government to seek solutions to convert currency".

JORGE OLIVERO: People are hungry but for democracy, for liberties, for rights.

The EU's executive commission said Thursday that it was "saddened" by the deaths of two young people during Wednesday's protests.

It comes amid the violent demonstrations across Venezuela that we have reported on here. Venezuela is now fighting claims of illegal asset seizures at a World Bank-sponsored arbitration panel from more than 25 companies.

This past week, the country has been racked by massive protests that were met with force by Venezuelan security forces.

It said the plant seizure had caused irreparable harm to the company, its 2,678 employees, its network of 79 dealerships and its suppliers.

Authorities say a third person has died overnight in the ongoing protests in Venezuela. More than 400 arrested, at least seven people killed.

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