Venezuela death toll rises amid ongoing anti-government protests

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But while those protests were led by young people who built flaming barricades in the street, this month's movement is attracting huge masses of older protesters, who say they are fighting not for themselves, but for the younger generations.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) issued a statement on April 20 in which they expressed their support for Nicolás Maduro and the "Bolivarian Revolution" in Venezuela despite the crisis in that country and the opposition protests in which twenty people have died.

Two government trucks in eastern Caracas were set alight on a freeway by masked protesters who poured oil on the road.

For the past three weeks in Venezuela, protesters have demanded President Nicolas Maduro schedule new elections and do more to address the country's long-running economic crisis.

It's too late in the game for regional elections, Almagro told me.

The Venezuelan government continues to face mass opposition protests in the streets as its economy falls amid reports of GM pulling out.

Opposition supporters carry a placard depicting (L-R) Venezuela's Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro and Venezuela's Supreme Court President Maikel Moreno that reads "Wanted" during a rally in Caracas, Venezuela April 24, 2017.

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He says the opposition is working at the behest of the United States to unseat him. A female journalist said she was assaulted by pro-government heavies downtown and a male journalist was detained for hours by intelligence officers, their union said. It wants early elections. Then a string of political leaders passed around a megaphone and from the back of a pickup repeated their demand of recent days for immediate elections and freedom for dozens of jailed government opponents they consider political prisoners.

Vatican-backed talks held late a year ago failed to yield any notable agreements and ended after the opposition accused the government of intransigence.

The government has ruled out a presidential election this year, maintaining that Maduro will see out his term into 2018.

The socialist leader won the 2013 election by a narrow margin over Capriles. The court quickly reversed course, but its widely condemned move still galvanised the opposition. But Maduro's popularity has since plummeted.

As the sit-ins disrupted traffic, Maduro's administration announced that it had no plans to expropriate General Motors's (GM) Venezuelan subsidiary. The court reversed that decision following domestic and worldwide outcries demanding separation of powers and a return to democracy.

The latest victim, Almelina Carrillo, 47, on Sunday succumbed to injuries suffered when she was struck in the head by a bottle thrown from a building during one of the marches in Caracas last week.

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