The last eight weeks of anti-government protests in Venezuela have killed at least 55 people, authorities confirmed Wednesday, amid chaotic violence that threatens to destabilize the South American nation.
Skyrocketing inflation, failing hospitals and the lack of basic medicine are turning Venezuelans’ golden years into a nightmare. Seniors are picking through garbage for food or pleading for money to buy medicine.
A secret recording of a meeting in April of Venezuelan generals captures the group discussing possible deployment of snipers to help control massive public demonstrations against the government of President Nicolás Maduro. The recording was obtained by el Nuevo Herald from a Washington source.
Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles said he was barred from leaving the country Thursday as he planned to address a United Nations session in New York about the country’s escalating violence.
Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson introduced legislation to assist Venezuelans who are suffering from food and medicine shortages. The bill includes $10 million for medicine and nutritional supplements and $9.5 million for human rights organizations. Protesters against the government of President Nicolás Maduro have been marching for more thana month.
The U.S. State Department’s Michael Fitzpatrick said Tuesday that Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s plan to hold an assembly to rewrite the nation’s constitution is a crude maneuver to avoid elections. He hinted that Washington could apply new sanctions against Maduro. The U.S. already blacklisted Vice President Tareck El Aissami for connections to drug trafficking.
As Venezuela’s political crisis drags on for a month, looting — sometimes motivated by hunger — has emerged as a deadly element within the demonstrations. Of the two dozen deaths amid the protests, almost half are attributed to looting and robbery.
Court records show Marco Coello, arrested by federal immigration officers while awaiting an asylum hearing in Miami earlier this week, was charged with possession of marijuana last fall. But his attorneys deny it.
Venezuelan activist was released on Thursday from the Krome Detention Center in Miami-Dade. Coello, 22, was allegedly tortured by the Nicolás Maduro regime in 2014. He fled to the U.S. in 2015 and was in the process of seeking political asylum. He was detained by immigration officials on Wednesday.