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Venezuelan government seeks to weaken opposition and reverse declining popularity through state of emergency declaration

24 August 2015


Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro on 22 August declared a 60-day state of emergency in five municipalities of Venezuela's Táchira state (Bolívar, Independencia, Junín, Libertad, and Ureña).

The state of emergency can be extended for an additional 60 days and was made after alleged smugglers opened fire on soldiers conducting anti-smuggling operations in San Antonio del Táchira. The state of emergency involves the suspension of constitutional guarantees to allow government authorities the ability to carry out raids and intercept private communications without the need for a judge's order, as well as the suspension of the right for individuals to gather in public places or protest.

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