Tens of thousands pour into Venezuela streets

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

As Venezuelan ruler Nicolas Maduro struggled against violent protests against him, the USA based company General Motors had its means of production seized by the socialist regime Thursday. GM said it was notified this week that a low-level court ordered an embargo of its plant, bank accounts and other assets in the country.

The seizure happened Wednesday, as the "mother of all protests" brought hundreds of thousands of people into the streets to demonstrate against socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

The Venezuelan government has had no comment about the GM factory.

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. "His response to a rogue nation taking over the assets of a brand name USA company will be indicative of the road it wants to take with Venezuela".

After almost 70 years, General Motors is no longer operating in Venezuela.

Vente Venezuela did not immediately respond to the accusation. According to Rascon, "More than 400 arrested, at least seven people killed".

The opposition says Maduro is seeking to stay in power indefinitely by barring opposition leaders from office and quashing independent state institutions.

China said it believes the Venezuelan people can protect the country's stability and economic development following casualties caused by nationwide protests in the Latin American country on Wednesday.

The spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says that the organization is "concerned" about what's happening in Venezuela and urges that "all efforts be made to lower tensions and prevent further clashes". Opposition leaders vowed to seek his ouster through constitutional means, but the government-stacked Supreme Court has stopped them at every turn.

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The seizer of private property belonging to a USA based business by a foreign and hostile government, for the benefit of said government needed to be reported. It was unclear how many people remained in custody.

"Venezuela is likewise concerned about the immigration policies against Latin American citizens in the United States and institutionally promoted racism", she added.

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"Those responsible for the criminal repression of peaceful democratic activity. will be held individually accountable for their actions by the Venezuelan people and their institutions, as well as the global community", the statement read.

It added that the seizure was arbitrary and that it would vigorously take all legal action, within and outside of Venezuela, to defend its rights.

It comes amid the violent demonstrations across Venezuela that we have reported on here.

The plant has not manufactured a single vehicle since 2015 but the company had 79 dealerships that employ 3.900 workers in Venezuela. The automaker said its Venezuelan workers will be given "separation payments" as it looks to exit the politically tumultuous country.

The third fatality was a National Guard sergeant killed overnight when his squad was attacked with gunfire while trying to control disturbances in a suburb of Caracas, the chief prosecutor's office said. Both of those other two deaths were blamed on pro-government groups.

The United States is closely watching the political situation in Venezuela and is anxious the government of President Nicolas Maduro is working to silence the opposition, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday.

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