Anti-Maduro protests rage as OAS meets on Venezuela crisis

1 Jun 2017   Venezuela

Venezuelan security forces used water cannons and teargas to disperse tens of thousands of opposition protesters heading toward the foreign ministry on Wednesday as the Organization of American States held another meeting on the crisis. Two months of protests against President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government have convulsed the South American OPEC nation, with at least 59 people killed in the unrest. Opposition supporters demanding elections, freedom for jailed activists, and foreign humanitarian aid, marched onto Caracas’ main highway aiming to reach the ministry downtown. But as happens near-daily with rallies trying to reach government offices, National Guard soldiers blocked their way and drove them back with volleys of gas and shoots of water. Masked youths hurled stones and Molotov cocktails in return. “It’s always the same. We […]

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