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Paramedic Injured by Violent Groups, Petrol Services Suspended in One Venezuelan Region after Attacks

Wilbany Leon (centre, red jacket), with transport minister Haiman El Troudi (centre, glasses) (Noticias 24)

A motorbike paramedic “almost died” on Monday as a result of nylon placed at the exit to a tunnel in Caracas, while an attack on a PDVSA oil tanker in Carabobo has seen the company cancel its services in the area.

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Thirty Venezuelan Military Officials Allegedly Under Arrest for Coup Plotting

National Guard

Dundee, 14th April 2014 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – Thirty Venezuelan military officers of different ranks, including several generals, have been arrested for alleged conspiracy to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro, a leading national newspaper has reported.

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Venezuelan Government and Opposition Sit Down to Talks

Peace talk in Miraflores

Representatives of the Venezuelan government and opposition sat down to talk last night for the first time since protests and violence began in early February.

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Two Mayoral By-Elections to be Held in Venezuela Following Arrests

Vicencio Scarano (left) and Daniel Ceballos (right) were arrested for disobeying a High Court order (archive)

After two opposition mayors were arrested and found guilty of crimes related to the violent barricades, their vacant positions will now be contested on 25 May, the National Electoral Council (CNE) has announced.

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Armed Opposition Group Arrested In Venezuela's Merida City

A barricade on Avenue Las Americas (Ewan Robertson/Venezuelanalysis)

Authorities in Venezuela's western state of Merida say they have arrested three armed opposition protesters, as violent anti-government groups continue to vandalise public assets.

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UNASUR Peace Talks Spark Internal Divides Within Venezuelan Opposition

Nicolás Maduro arriving at the Casa Amarilla in Caracas, where UNASUR hosted talks with the president and opposition leaders th

 Today in Caracas a group of eight ambassadors from member countries of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) met with Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro and leading politicians belonging to the opposition.

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Venezuelan Human Rights Council Created

Maduro has officially created a council to investigate human rights violations. (Archive)

A council to investigate allegations of human rights abuses in recent disturbances has been created by Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro.

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Opposition Forcing “Silent Strike” in Some Venezuelan Universities

Jennifer Mujica speaking on VTV last night (VTV)

University authorities in the Central University of Venezuela (UCV) and other key autonomous universities are “creating the conditions” for a “silent” or forced strike, according to Jennifer Mujica, a UCV student representative. 

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Man Wanted by Interpol Arrested at Opposition Barricades in Venezuela

Two men were arrested in Caracas on Tuesday with a range of weapons (AVN)

One of the ten people most wanted by Interpol in Spain was arrested yesterday in San Cristobal, while leading disturbances there, according to National Bolivarian Police (PNB) state coordinator, Yolmar Garcia.

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“Terrorists” Attack Housing Mission and Preschool in Venezuela

Fire fighters with an evacuated child. (Zurda Konducta)

The headquarters of the Venezuelan government's housing mission and an adjacent pre-school have been attacked by anti-government groups, according to authorities. 

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Venezuelan Supreme Court Upholds Machado’s Removal from Office

Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado reacts after inhaling tear gas during a march meant to reinstate her as deputy

Yesterday evening, the Supreme Court of Venezuela ruled to uphold the removal of former deputy of the National Assembly (AN), Maria Corina Machado. Assembly president Diosdado Cabello had called for her dismissal last week.

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Venezuelan National Guard Clears Protest-Hit City San Cristóbal of Barricades

Vladimir Padrino

London, 1st April 2014 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – Venezuelan police and military forces have managed to clear militant opposition street barricades from the main avenues of the city of San Cristóbal, official and independent sources confirm.

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Human Rights Breached by Continued Protest Violence, Venezuelan Ombudswoman Says

Empty beds at major hospital in Mérida, where militant protest blockades have not allowed for free transit of patients. (Correo

Ongoing protests in Venezuela are undermining human rights, according to Ombudswoman Gabriela Ramírez, who believes media inaccuracy contributes to the prolongation of these infringements. Meanwhile in Washington, U.S. senator Marco Rubio presented Congress with a mistaken photo while petitioning for sanctions against Venezuela.

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Machado Refuses Removal from Office, Two Early Elections for Mayor in Venezuela

Maria Corina Machada in Plaza Brion yesterday (Prensa Maria Corina Machado)

Far right opposition leader Maria Corina Machado has refused to accept her removal as a national assembly legislator, and two mayoral positions will be up for re-election after the opposition mayors were sentenced for their support for violent barricades.

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UNASUR Urges Peace in Venezuela, US “Prepared” to Use Sanctions

The UNASUR delegation visited Venezuela this week to meet with the government, opposition and social movements. (AVN)

The Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) called for an end to violence in Venezuela, after a delegation from the regional organisation held a two-day visit to the country. After the UNASUR delegation concluded its visit to Venezuela, the United States issued new threats against the Maduro government.

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