Thursday, July 27, 2017

Venezuela Political Crisis

In this June 24, 2017 file photo, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, left, talks to his Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez during Army Day celebrations at Fuerte Tiuna, in Caracas, Venezuela.

BY MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and FABIOLA SANCHEZ CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Large swathes of Venezuela’s capital were shuttered and silent Thursday as opponents of President Nicolas Maduro called the first major national strike since a 2002 stoppage that failed to topple ...
A man wearing a sunglasses with the colors of the Venezuelan flag lineup prior cast his ballot at a poll station during a symbolic referendum in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, July 16, 2017.

BY MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and FABIOLA SANCHEZ CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Foes of President Nicolas Maduro said more than 7 million Venezuelans cast symbolic votes rejecting his plan to retool the constitution in a strong but not overwhelming showing that left ...
In this Feb. 26, 2013 file photo, Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez speaks during a press conference in Caracas, Venezuela.

BY FABIOLA SANCHEZ CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was transferred to house arrest Saturday after spending more than three years behind bars in a military prison. The Supreme Court, in a statement, said it had ...
In this June 22, 2017 file photo, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro gives a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela.

BY JOSHUA GOODMAN CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A police helicopter fired on Venezuela’s Supreme Court and Interior Ministry in what President Nicolas Maduro said was a thwarted terrorist attack aimed at ousting him from power. The confusing incident, which may ...
Opposition leader Maria Corina Machado, left, and Lilian Tintori, wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, take part in a women's march against repression that was blocked from reaching the Interior Ministry in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, May 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

BY HANNAH DREIER CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Women banged on pans and some stripped off their white shirts Saturday as they protested Venezuela’s socialist government in an event the opposition billed as a “women’s march against repression.” As they marched, ...
Students run from tear gas fired by National Police outside the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas, Thursday, May 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

BY HANNAH DREIER CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Students battled tear gas-throwing police officers in demonstrations across Venezuela’s capital Thursday as a two-month-old protest movement that shows no signs of letting up claimed more lives. “We are students, not terrorists!” a ...
A demonstrator throws a fire bomb at Bolivarian National Guard vehicles during an opposition May Day march in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, May 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

BY HANNAH DREIER CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s increasingly embattled president called Monday for a new constitution as an intensifying protest movement entered a second month with clashes between police and anti-government demonstrators. After hundreds of thousands took to the ...
Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro march to the Ramo Verde military prison in Los Teques, outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, April 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

BY FABIOLA SANCHEZ and LUIS ALONSO LUGO CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela formally notified the Organization of American States on Friday of its intention to leave the regional body amid sometimes violent protests at home and international calls for its ...
An armored police vehicle catches fires from molotov bombs thrown by anti-government protesters in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

BY FABIOLA SANCHEZ and CHRISTINE ARMARIO CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s government announced Wednesday it will go ahead with its threatened withdrawal from the Organization of American States, the regional body whose leader has been one of the fiercest critics ...
A protester bangs on a bathtub used to help block a road during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

BY FABIOLA SANCHEZ and HANNAH DREIER CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Protesters sprawled in lawn chairs, completed math homework and lined up motorcycles on main roads around Venezuela Monday as part of a sit-in against the government. Hundreds of protesters shut ...
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