Women march in Venezuela as unrest continues

Relatives and lawyers of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez want the Red Cross to verify his health and are seeking to bring President Nicolas Maduro's government before a Spanish court for alleged terrorism crimes.

A video shows the Venezuela National Guard using the heavy duty armoured vehicles against the protesters in the Altamira neighbourhood of the capital, Caracas, according to RT.

Borges was also cited as saying to the Times that Washington's hands-on approach under Trump could help Venezuela overcome the "classic dictatorship" led by Maduro.

On Wednesday, one 17-year-old protester died in the meleé from an object that hit him in the neck, said Gerardo Blyde, mayor of La Baruta, a stronghold of the opposition. In 2014, clashes at anti-government protests killed 43 people.

According to the document, Valencia and Naguanagua, two other municipalities of Carabobo, have seen waves of looting in recent days.

The local chamber of commerce said at least 70 stores have been raided since Tuesday. They want a vote on removing him from office.

A group of bi-partisan U.S. politicians sent a letter to United States president Donald Trump on Thursday, urging him to apply new sanctions against individuals responsible for human rights abuses and to push for the delivery of humanitarian relief.

Finally, he said that tomorrow, representatives of the coalition Mesa de la Unidad Democratica and other groups of the opposition will be welcomed by the Presidential Commission at the Salon Ayacucho in the Miraflores Palace (headquarters of the Government).

"They are mobilised as if this was a war", said opposition leader Henrique Capriles, broadcasting from the scene via the Periscope app favoured by protest leaders. "Democracy can not be built to fit the needs of a particular government or otherwise it would cease to be a democracy".

The celebrity Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel, director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, added his voice to calls for an end to the violence on Thursday.

"It is a complex battle, but no one will take our homeland from us".

President Nicolas Maduro has said opposition demonstrations are aimed at generating chaos in Venezuela, and insists the best way forward is to dissolve the National Assembly and to rewrite the constitution.

He urged them to enlist neighbors and co-workers to unite in securing a majority in the special body in order for them to "win the constitutional assembly".

Attorney general Luisa Ortega caused a surprise in March by breaking ranks with the government over the political crisis.

Maduro, backed by the Venezuelan military, is resisting.

Maduro supporters also marched against what they called "violence by terrorists", Minister for Women Blanca Eekhout said.

"Will Maduro's position be sustainable?"

Vanessa Coleman