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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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Venezuela Slams US for Threatening Sanctions

The foreign ministry criticised the US for threatening sanctions (Zabdiel Gutiérrez/VTV)

 The Venezuelan government has condemned the United States for threatening to impose sanctions, and accused Washington of encouraging “extremist sectors”.

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Venezuela Launches Mission to “Strengthen Mass Transit”

Public transport in Merida. (Ryan Mallett-Outtrim/Venezuelanalysis)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has launched a “transport mission”, aimed at improving access to public transport.

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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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Attacks on Utilities and Other Violence Continues in Venezuela

The fire in Waraira Repano National Park (Marjuli Matheus/UN)

Attacks on utilities and public property have continued this week and so far no arrests of the perpetrators have been made.

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Maria Corina Machado Dismissed as Deputy of Venezuela’s National Assembly

Maria Corina Machado (left) stands with Lilian Tintori, wife of imprisoned opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez while addressing a p

On Monday Diosdado Cabello, president of the Venezuelan National Assembly, announced that right-wing opposition leader Maria Corina Machado would no longer serve as an assembly deputy.

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Three Venezuelan Air Force Generals Arrested for Alleged Coup Plotting

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced today that three generals of the Venezuelan Air Force have been arrested. (prensa

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced today that three generals of the Venezuelan Air Force have been arrested, after they were denounced by lower-ranking officials for their involvement in alleged coup plans.

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Venezuelan Central Bank Opens Dollar Trade as New Exchange System Introduced

On Monday the Venezuelan bolivar sold for an average of 51.86 bolivars to the dollar, according to data from the Central Bank’

On Monday morning Venezuela’s new SICAD II exchange rate system came into force, which authorities argue has helped to lower the value of the dollar on the black market.

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Several More Die in Venezuela’s Disturbances, Opposition Reject Dialogue Call

Opposition protesters last week (Getty images)

Several more have died in Venezuela’s political violence, while the opposition has again rejected talks to end the conflict. 

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Venezuelan Ombudswoman Accuses "NGOs" of “False” Reports

Ramirez has accused NGOs of "false" reports. (VTV)

Venezuelan ombudswoman Gabriela Ramírez has accused international organizations of misrepresenting human rights conditions in Venezuela.

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OAS Refuses to Hear Venezuelan Far Right Leader UPDATED

The OAS initially refused to hear Machado today in Washington, though there are reports she was later able to speak shortly. (Ar

The Organisation of American States (OAS) has voted not to hear Venezuelan far right legislator Maria Corina Machado discuss the situation in her country. However there are reports she was able to speak later in the session, but not on Venezuela as an agenda item.

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Venezuela's Maduro Accuses Opposition Mayor of Supporting Violence

Maduro accused Chacao's mayor of backing street violence on Thursday. (agencies)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has threatened to arrest third opposition mayor, who is accused advocating street violence.

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Venezuelan Security Forces Restore Order to Middle Class Neighborhood

Soldier in Chacao on Monday (AVN)

In the early hours of Monday morning, Venezuela’s armed forces carried out a swift and precise operation that saw the state’s security apparatus restore order to the municipality of Chacao in the capital of Caracas.

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Venezuelan Opposition Mayor Jailed and Another Arrested as More Die in Violent Disturbances

The hearing of Enzo Scarano in the Supreme Court on Wednesday (TSJ)

One opposition mayor has been arrested and another jailed in relation to the street violence that has been occurring in their municipalities. Meanwhile, a soldier and a government worker were killed as a result of the opposition violence.

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