Venezuelans gear up for major march against Maduro

At least five people have been killed in recent protests against Venezuela's socialist government.
   
 

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According to the AFP, the opposition plans "to march from 26 rally points toward central Caracas, a pro-Maduro bastion and the seat of government".

A demonstrator throws back a tear gas grenade while clashing with riot police during the so-called "mother of all marches" against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela Apr 19, 2017.

Venezuelans in South Florida congregated in front of the emblematic Freedom Tower on Wednesday to show support for marches against Venezuela's president.

A teenager who was shot in the head in Caracas near one of the protests has died in the hospital, according to the Associated Press.

"We are concerned that the government of Maduro is violating its own constitution and not allowing the opposition to have their voices heard nor allowing them to organize in a way that expresses the views of the Venezuelan people", he told reporters yesterday.

Later, in the city of Cristobal near the Colombia border, a 24-year-old woman, Paola Ramirez, was shot by armed men on motorbikes as she was leaving the protest, Reuters reports her relatives as saying.

Saab's office said he would not comment on the case while investigations were taking place.

Venezuela suffered its last major wave of unrest in 2014 when 43 people were killed in anti-government riots.

Tens of thousands of protesters made an unsuccessful attempt to march to downtown Caracas as security forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowd.

"The pro-government groups don't believe the opposition should not be in these parts of the city, but the opposition say they have the right to protest wherever they please", Weddle told Al Jazeera.

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This week, opposition leaders called demonstrators to the streets on Wednesday in what they dubbed the "mother of all marches".

Maduro's opponents have called for a massive protest Wednesday, a national holiday that marks the start of Venezuela's independence struggle in 1810.

"Today they attempted to take power by force and we defeated them again", said Maduro, adding that in recent hours authorities had rounded up several armed opponents seeking to carry out a coup. "Tomorrow even more of us have to come out". After an worldwide outcry, the court reversed itself. The defence minister claimed this was ordered in response to an external threat following the declaration from the US that Venezuela was being considered a "national security threat". I love this land that gave me education, work and well-being.

Tillerson says the U.S.is watching the situation closely and is working with others, particularly through the Organization of American States, to communicate its concerns to Venezuela. "We're marching for the freedom of our country".

Sowing fears of more violence, Maduro is in turn urging his supporters, the military and civilian militias to defend the leftist "revolution" launched by his late predecessor Hugo Chavez in 1999.

PRESIDENT NICOLAS MADURO, Venezuela (through interpreter): The time for combat has arrived, my fellow patriots.

There are few clear ways of identifying colectivos, who call themselves community groups but whom the opposition accuses of being violent paramilitary wings of the ruling Socialist Party.

"The government is not working". Instead of joining the marches, she said, he was on the way to play soccer.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has accused the U.S. State Department of encouraging Venezuelan opponents to attempting a government overthrow.

It is set to be the biggest day of protests since Maduro's allies tried to strip the power of the opposition-controlled legislature - the only lever of government Maduro's camp does not hold - and banned opposition leader Henrique Capriles from politics.

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