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Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Maduro Says Ready for Elections Amid Anti-Government Protests in Caracas

Maduro Says Ready for Elections Amid Anti-Government Protests in Caracas

The demonstrations come after nearly three weeks of anti-government street protests that now have resulted in seven deaths - including one police officer - dozens of injured and more than 500 arrests, of which more than 200 are still in custody, according to the opposition and non-governmental organization Foro Penal Venezolano. The opposition sees the government measures as turning Venezuela into a almost full-blown dictatorship.

Opposition supporters clash with police during protests against unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro in San Cristobal, Venezuela, April 19, 2017.

Tillerson says the U.S.is watching the situation closely and is working with others, particularly through the Organization of American States, to communicate its concerns to Venezuela.

Security forces fired tear gas at anti-government demonstrators, accusing Maduro of eroding democracy and plunging the economy into chaos. "I am really anxious about what is going on". "We're fed up. We want elections to get Maduro out, because he's destroyed this country", said protester Ingrid Chacon, a 54-year-old secretary. "This cheating government has betrayed us, the people, the children in the family".

"The opposition is trying to provoke a conflict but they aren't going to achieve their goal", said Marquez, wearing a shirt emblazoned with the eyes of Hugo Chavez, the country's deceased former president who is a symbol of revolutionary zeal throughout Venezuela.

Moreno's sister, Alejandra, said Carlos studied economics at Venezuelan Central University in Caracas.

During what was referred to as "the mother of all marches" scuffles between security forces and protesters broke out, as the death toll rises to at least seven lives so far this month.

MARGARET WARNER: These latest protests erupted last month, after the pro-government Supreme Court took over the powers of the national legislature controlled by the opposition. The measure was later reversed following global outcry.

An opposition demonstrator throws a petrol bomb while clashing with riot police during the so called "mother of all marches" against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Apr 19, 2017.

The opposition marched to demand early elections, the release of political prisoners, and humanitarian aid. In addition, a demonstration took place at the Venezuelan embassy in Washington.

A senior diplomatic official for the Western Hemisphere was in Miami condemning the government of Venezuela as the opposition in the South American nation flooded into the streets for a massive demonstration.

Home to the world's largest oil reserves, Venezuela has enjoyed an economic partnership with Russian Federation.

Food shortages have become severe.

The European Union is calling for an investigation into the deaths and other violence during anti-government demonstrations in Venezuela and for those responsible to be held accountable.

But the government hasn't backed down.

"Do not hesitate for a second", he urged Monday.

"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.

She says: "This is like a chess game and each side is moving whatever pieces they can. we'll see who tires out first". "There is the plan", he said.

The opposition has called for another protest today, raising the possibility of prolonged disruption in Venezuela.

More than three million Venezuelans; 'the people of the liberators is giving a very big lesson of conscience, ' president Maduro said in the act where he was clothed by an enthusiastic crowd. About 50 people were detained across the country and an unknown number injured, according to Provea, a human rights nongovernmental agency.

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