Venezuela’s increasingly militant opposition stepped up its push to oust leftist leader Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday with protests that drew hundreds of thousands but also saw unrest leading to dozens of injuries and arrests.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition-led National Assembly in a rowdy session on Sunday pressed to put Nicolas Maduro on trial for violating democracy, days after authorities nixed a recall referendum against the unpopular leftist president.
Construction worker Pedro Pirela and his neighbors heard a water truck that supplies nearby hotels coming down the road. They rushed to block the street, stopped the driver, and siphoned off the prized liquid. “Water is gold now,” Pirela told the Wall Street Journal earlier this year, saying he and his fellow plotters had no choice but to steal. In fact, Pirela admitted he had ambushed another water truck on a separate occasion. Venezuela’s nationwide water shortage has devastated the country to the point that citizens have had to mimic Pirela’s actions just to stave off dehydration.
The Venezuelan government may ask the nation’s high court to disband the legislature headed by officials opposed to President Nicolas Maduro amid an ongoing economic crisis.
Venezuela’s opposition parties have won a majority in the country’s legislature for the first time in nearly two decades, dealing a severe blow to the ruling socialist party, the New York Times reports.
A former Venezuelan general wanted by the United States on drug trafficking charges has been released from jail in Aruba, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Two Venezuelan student protesters awaiting trial were allegedly tortured and forced into making false confessions, according to a human rights organization.
Venezuelan security forces arrested dozens of protesters on Wednesday after the country’s moderate opposition coalition decided to break off negotiations with the government, the Associated Press reports.
The autocratic leaders of Iran and Venezuela criticized U.S. foreign policy actions using the same language over the weekend as the two countries develop closer ties.