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.
Yesterday at noon, Rafael Celestino Albino Arteaga, 44, Vargas state chief of the Venezuelan Bolivarian Intelligence Service (SEBIN), was shot dead by an unidentified male assailant in a shopping mall in the western city of Maracay.
In the early hours of Thursday morning, Jorge Tovar, 24, a Venezuelan national police officer was shot dead in the neck by a sniper, according to official sources. The shooting occurred as police attempted to clear an encampment that blocked traffic set up by hardline anti-government protestors, or guarimberos, in the upperclass neighborhood of Los Palos Grandes, in eastern Caracas.
A Human Rights bill proposed by Florida Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, which includes sanctions on the Venezuelan government, cleared its first legislative hurdle this morning after passing the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Yesterday Niky Fabiancic, Resident United Nations Coordinator for Venezuela, praised Venezuela’s prowess in meeting the United Nations’ Millennium Goals. “Venezuela is one of the leading countries in Latin America and the Caribbean in reducing inequality,” Fabiancic said.
Cuban Rene Gonzalez, famously accused of espionage by the United States government and imprisoned 13 years in Miami, was received in the Venezuelan capital yesterday by foreign minister Elias Jaua. His arrival marks Gonzalez’s first trip abroad since he was released to Cuba by U.S. authorities in October of 2011.
On Sunday Juan Carlos Varela was announced the victor of Panama’s presidential electoral race, with 39.2% of the popular vote. Just hours after the results were announced, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro called to offer a renewal of diplomatic relations between the two nations, to be recognized as soon as Varela takes office on 1 July.
The Venezuelan interior affairs and justice minister, Miguel Rodriguez Torres, has given information on an alleged plan to destabilise the country, detailing foreign involvement in the recent militant opposition street barricades.
In his May Day speech at a large rally in Caracas, President Nicolas Maduro announced the extension of social programs and benefits to workers and the population in general. The opposition held its own march to criticise the state of the economy.
Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced new initiatives yesterday to address current economic problems, stating that guaranteeing the population’s universal welfare is a key aim behind policymaking.