US Automaker Says Venezuelan Government 'Illegally' Seized Its Factory

The opposition had called on its supporters to gather at about two dozen points around Caracas and march to the office of the state ombudsman, a human rights activist, just as they tried to do on Wednesday.

The seizure came as tens of thousands of protesters demanded elections and denounced what they consider to be an increasingly dictatorial government.

He too said that the takeover was by dealers - and there's no connection with the Venezuelan government.

"I have asked for an investigation because [Movistar] joined the coup march against the country, and that is not its job", Maduro said. They were met by a curtain of tear gas and rubber bullets as they attempted to march to downtown Caracas.

"I denounce before the global community that armed gangs hired by the opposition attacked a maternity hospital with 54 children", Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez tweeted, noting that President Nicolas Maduro had ordered the hospital's evacuation.

On Thursday, leaders of the opposition announced they will continue their protests on the streets of Caracas to force the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro.

The victims included Paola Andreina Ramirez Gomez, 23, who was apparently shot in the head in western Tachira state; a 17-year-old man killed in Caracas during a demonstration he was not taking part in; and Niumar Jose San Clemente Barrios, a member of the Bolivarian National Guard, who died of a gunshot in northern Miranda state.

Fifty-four children were evacuated from a hospital in the neighborhood.

But while anti-government protesters accused riot police of being behind the attack, Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said armed groups hired by Maduro's opponents were to blame.

Vicente Paez, a local councilman, said Guitan was an employee of a Caracas-area city governed by an opposition mayor and didn't partake in the protests.

Venezuela's Information Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for information.

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Media reports estimate that hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets to protest Maduro, who they say is essentially running a dictatorship - delaying elections, banning opposition leaders from politics, and blocking voters' attempts to remove him from power.

The three deaths bring to eight the number of people killed since protests began three weeks ago over the Supreme Court's decision to strip the opposition-controlled Congress of its last remaining powers, a move that was later reversed amid a storm of global criticism.

"Twenty days of resistance and we feel newly born", opposition MP Freddy Guevara shouted.

Mass protests over the past three weeks have resulted in the deaths of eight people as the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable (Mud) coalition vie for an early presidential election.

The opposition is also planning Monday sit-ins to block major roads.

General Motors said on Wednesday that Venezuelan authorities had illegally seized its plant in the industrial hub of Valencia and vowed to "take all legal actions" to defend its rights.

The opposition accuses Maduro of letting state forces and gangs of armed thugs violently repress demonstrators.

The seizure arose from an nearly 20-year-old lawsuit brought by a former GM dealership in western Venezuela. It employs almost 2,700 workers and has 79 dealers in the country.

General Motors Co. became the latest multinational company to exit what used to be South America's most lucrative consumer market, following the seizure of its plant linked to a court case.

Across the country, the clashes have been intense.

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