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Venezuelan Opposition Maintains Unity Despite Internal Differences

Following closed door meetings earlier this week, MUD parties have announced their intention to maintain the unity of the coalit

The opposition Democratic Unity Table (MUD) coalition has agreed to remain united and adopt common strategic priorities in the coming period. The development occurs as a hard-line faction of the opposition launches a new initiative which does not include several major MUD parties.

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Venezuelan Opposition Coalition Leader Resigns amid Divisions

The general secretary of the opposition Democratic Unity Table (MUD) coalition, Ramon Aveledo, announced his resignation today.

The general secretary of the opposition Democratic Unity Table (MUD) coalition, Ramon Aveledo, announced his resignation today.

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Opposition Leader Lopez Goes on Trial in Venezuela

Leopoldo Lopez in an interview in February (Reuters)

Former opposition mayor of Chacao, Leopoldo Lopez, goes on trial today after six months in prison for allegedly inciting violence in Venezuela and conspiring against the government. 

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Venezuelan Opposition Divided as Attorney General Reacts to Claims

Lilian Tintori (Ernesto Agudo/ ABC)

Early this morning Venezuelan attorney general Luisa Ortega Diaz dispatched a public attorney to Ramo Verde military prison, to check on conditions of hardline opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez’s confinement. This came in response to claims made by Lopez’s wife, Lilian Tintori, who told reporters last week she was denied visiting rights. 

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Government Makes Dialogue Call as Venezuelan Opposition Considers Next Step

On Thursday Venezuelan Vice President Jorge Arreaza said that despite repeated calls for the opposition’s Democratic Unity Tab

Venezuelan authorities have made a renewed offer to the opposition to join dialogue talks while the opposition’s leadership considers their next move following the dissipation of protests.

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Maria Corina Machado is Witness in Maduro Assassination Case in Venezuela

National Guard accompany Machado to the public ministry where she gave testimony yesterday (Vicente Correale)

Yesterday, the far right opposition leader and former legislator Maria Corina Machado arrived at the Attorney General’s Office in Caracas to act as a witness in a high-profile investigation regarding an alleged plot to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro.

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Latin American Presidents Denounce “Siege” of Venezuela at G77 Summit

The presidents of Cuba (Raul Castro), Bolivia (Evo Morales), Ecuador (Rafael Correa) and Venezuela (Nicolas Maduro) at the openi

At the G77 + China Summit held in Bolivia over the weekend, several leftist Latin American presidents gave their public backing to Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro and called for regional unity against what they consider an attempt at “conservative restoration” currently underway in the South American country.

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Arrest Warrants Issued for Three Venezuelan Opposition Figures, "Terrorist" Activity Condemned before UN

The assassination plan, as outlined by the Venezuelan government. (www.minci.gob.ve)

Yesterday, Venezuelan attorney general Luisa Ortega Diaz announced the order for the arrest of Pedro Burelli, Ricardo Koesling and Diego Arria. They are all linked to the alleged plot to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro which was detailed in a series of emails seized by Venezuelan intelligence services and released by the government during the final week of May.

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U.S. Awards Venezuelan Opposition's Maria Corina Machado with Democracy Prize

Maria Corina Machado will receive the award on October 1st, in Washington. (EFE)

On Wednesday, Washington-based International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) announced its decision to honor Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado with the 2014 Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award. Meanwhile in a Miami county, a teachers’ union has organized students to collect riot materials to aid anti-government protestors in Venezuela.

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Venezuelan Opposition Figures Face Allegations of Conspiracy

Leopoldo Lopez (archive)

Several figures within the hard-line faction of the Venezuelan opposition are facing charges of conspiracy and instigation of violence in relation to their activities during the opposition’s recent unrest movement.

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Venezuelan Government Exposes Plot to Assassinate President Maduro, Opposition Rejects Charges

Machado

On Wednesday, Venezuelan authorities publicized correspondences between opposition leaders and U.S. diplomats which, they say, constitute a plan to assassinate president Nicolas Maduro and overthrow his administration.

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Wives of Jailed Opposition Mayors Win Municipal By-Elections

Mayors' Wives

The wives of two opposition mayors jailed for refusing to act against militant opposition street barricades have won the municipal by-elections to replace their husbands in two western Venezuelan cities.

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Opposition University Strike Coincides with Fresh Violence in Venezuela

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Pro-opposition university authorities and lecturers largely closed 18 of the country’s 61 universities on Thursday. The strike was part of a protest action that coincided with fresh incidents of street violence, including an attack on the youth wing of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (JPSUV).

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UNASUR Ministers “Re-Open” Communication between Venezuelan Government and Opposition

ricardo patiño

Foreign diplomatic representatives in Venezuela responsible for assisting the dialogue process between the Venezuelan government and opposition have reported a “re-opening” of communication between the two sides.

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Venezuelan Capital Sees Rise in Violent Street Bands Following Opposition Withdrawal from Peace Talks

On Tuesday, Ramon Aveledo, the executive secretary of MUD, announced the opposition was walking from dialogue talks (agencies)

The rekindling of street violence follows a widely publicized press conference held by the leadership of the Democratic Unity Table (MUD), where the opposition announced their withdrawal from the dialogue talks initiated by the government.

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