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Opposition to continue escalating protests to force elections in Venezuela despite hard-line government response

20 April 2017


The opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable (Mesa de la Unidad Democratica: MUD) has called for another large-scale anti-government protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro on 20 April, following three weeks of escalating protests and riots in the capital Caracas and in almost every state of the country.

This includes a protest on 19 April, considered the largest in the last decade, in which three people (two protestors and a soldier) were killed by firearm and at least 400 arrested.

Protestors were demanding an early presidential election (which should take place in 2018 but is currently unscheduled), the release of detainees that they call political prisoners, the restoration of the opposition-controlled legislature powers, and humanitarian aid to alleviate ongoing severe shortages of food and medicines.

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