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At least 1 dead in Venezuelan protests

21 April 2017, 02:37 | Darnell Patrick

Venezuelans gear up for major march against Maduro

Venezuelan opposition to hold 'mother of all marches' against Maduro

General Motors announced Thursday that it was shuttering operations in Venezuela after authorities seized its only factory, a dramatic escalation of the chaos engulfing the South American nation amid days of deadly protests.

One looming question for investors like China and Russian Federation is whether, if and when Maduro is no longer in office, Venezuela's next administration will similarly honor the terms of their respective deals, or if the new leaders would be more inclined to default. According to several reports, he had gone out to play sports when he was shot in the head during at attempted theft of his motorcycle.

But on this usually festive day, a photograph circulated on social media of a young man, his eyes closed, lying on on his back in the street as blood pooled about his head.

A teenager died in the capital Caracas and a woman was killed in San Cristobal, near the Colombian border. It was not immediately clear who fired the shot.

RICHARD BLANCO, Opposition Lawmaker (through interpreter): Today, people are in the street demonstrating peacefully, seeking a democratic exit to a situation that is already overflowing. Still others wore cycling helmets, or other kinds of headgear, for protection.

Iglesias, who has developed a national reputation as an anti-government protest organizer, described the scene on a highway devoid of cars but full of protesters. Analysts say there is less likelihood of a putsch against Maduro because Chavez launched a broad purge of the armed forces following his brief ouster. "Fight with the RESISTENCE".

In the culmination of a fortnight of violent demonstrations that killed five people, marchers around the country will demand the government present a timeline for delayed elections, halt a security crackdown on protests, and respect the autonomy of the opposition-led legislature.

Capriles, who Deutsche Welle calls "the opposition's most promising candidate for the coming elections in 2018", was banned last week from holding office for 15 years - a move Capriles says he does not recognize.

"We're after and will capture the very last of the attackers", Maduro said Saturday on national TV.

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MARGARET WARNER: Maduro has blamed the US for trying to foment a coup.

Then, on March 29, the Venezuelan Supreme Court dissolved the Parliament, transferring all legislative powers to itself. The court backpedaled and restored power to the body after the abortive attempt drew anger both in Venezuela and the worldwide community.

Venezuela has been devastated in recent months by food scarcities, breakdowns in public security and inflation that in February reached an annual rate of 455%.

One protester, Helma Mendoza, said she joined "the mother of all marches", organized by leaders of the center-right political opposition, because of Venezuela's tattered economy and the resulting strain on her family and the broader society. Many of Maduro's supporters were bused to the city center.

The opposition attributed both deaths to groups known as "colectivos", armed government supporters who are frequently accused of involvement in confrontations during protests.

The statement, by spokesman Mark Toner, urged nonviolent demonstrations.

"The U.S. government, the State Department have given the green light, the approval for a coup process to intervene in Venezuela", said Maduro, citing a State Department communique issued Tuesday titled "Non-Violence and Accountability During Protests in Venezuela". "There is the plan", he said.

But Yoneici Paredes, a youth leader supporting Maduro, took a different view: "Today, this youth is convinced that socialism is the way ... for us to build Venezuela's power and the message is to contribute our grain of sand to be a better country in Venezuela".



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