Woman march in Venezuelan capital against socialist govt

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".

Video shows the young man in jeans and a black jacket being rushed by two men on a motorcycle to an ambulance as friends cried, 'No, Armando!'At least 35 people have died in the political turmoil that has gripped Venezuela for a month.

One protester, Hecder Lugo, aged 20, was shot in the head and died while fighting with security forces in Valencia on May 4.

Venezuela's opposition says Maduro has become a dictator and wrecked the economy, as the country faces years of economic recession as well as widespread food and medicine scarce. The opposition and many protesters say that is a tactic to try to dodge elections.

Students run from tear gas fired by National Police outside the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas, Thursday, May 4, 2017.

Weeks of violent protests calling on President Nicolas Maduro to step down hav.

Led by opposition leaders, lawmakers and Lilian Tintori - the wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez - the crowd carried flowers and placards denouncing "repression".

New footage has been released from the civil unrest occurring in the socialist country of Venezuela, where various videos show government authorities engaging protesting civilians with brutal violence.

USA media had reported that Holt, a Mormon former missionary recently married to a woman living in Caracas, was taken away by police who allegedly planted weapons in his apartment. "Democracy can not be built to fit the needs of a particular government or otherwise it would cease to be a democracy".

Protests Saturday night in Los Nuevos Teques, on the outskirts of the capital, and Barquisimeto in the country's west descended into clashes between demonstrators and the military.

However, senior opposition leader Henrique Capriles said on Friday that 85 mid-ranking army officers have been detained for opposing moves to crack down on protesters.

Walking through an agricultural expo where he pet goats and sampled cheese Thursday, Maduro repeatedly reiterated his call for a special assembly tasked with defining Venezuela's future.

Maduro said earlier this week that he would convene an assembly to rewrite the country's constitution in an effort to calm the massive protests.

But as his homeland has spun further out of control, Dudamel — like many Venezuelan artists and celebrities who were once close to the revolution started by the late Hugo Chavez — has started taking more distance.

A group of bipartisan US legislators sent a letter to President Donald Trump Thursday urging him to apply new sanctions against individuals responsible for human rights violations and to push for the delivery of humanitarian relief.

Vanessa Coleman

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