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Feb 15, 2014

‘Chavistas’ march in Venezuela, opposition protests continue

CARACAS (Reuters) – Thousands of supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro marched in central Caracas on Saturday to call for peace and make a show of political strength after this week’s deadly violence at street protests.

In a prosperous eastern part of the capital, at least 1,000 protesters gathered to demand the president’s resignation, denouncing him over grievances ranging from political repression to daily issues such as inflation, shortages of basic products, and rampant crime.

Feb 15, 2014

Anti-Maduro protests persist in Venezuela, dozens jailed

CARACAS (Reuters) – President Nicolas Maduro’s government kept dozens of student protesters behind bars on Friday as unrest still rumbled across Venezuela following this week’s violence at political rallies that killed three.

Demonstrators gathered again in various cities, blocking roads and burning tires in some cases, to denounce the repression of protests and make a litany of complaints against Maduro ranging from rampant crime to shortages of basic products.

Feb 14, 2014

Venezuela protests persist, defying presidential ban: dozens jailed

CARACAS (Reuters) – President Nicolas Maduro’s government kept dozens of student protesters behind bars on Friday as unrest still rumbled across Venezuela following this week’s violence at political rallies that killed three.

Student demonstrators began gathering again in various cities after blocking roads and burning tires into the night to denounce repression of protests as well as a litany of complaints against Maduro from crime to shortages.

Feb 14, 2014

Venezuela protests persist, defying presidential ban

CARACAS (Reuters) – President Nicolas Maduro’s government kept dozens of student protesters behind bars on Friday as unrest still rumbled across Venezuela following this week’s violence at political rallies that killed three.

Student demonstrators began gathering again in various cities after blocking roads and burning tires into the night to denounce repression of protests as well as a litany of complaints against Maduro from crime to shortages.

Feb 14, 2014

Venezuela protests persist, dozens jailed

CARACAS (Reuters) – President Nicolas Maduro’s government kept dozens of student protesters behind bars on Friday as unrest still rumbled across Venezuela following this week’s violence at political rallies that killed three.

Student demonstrators began gathering again in various cities after blocking roads and burning tires into the night to denounce repression of protests as well as a litany of complaints against Maduro from crime to shortages.

Feb 14, 2014

Venezuela seeks protest leader’s arrest after unrest kills three

CARACAS (Reuters) – A Venezuelan court ordered the arrest on Thursday of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez on charges including murder and terrorism linked to street protests that resulted in the deaths of three people the day before.

Using a slogan “The Exit,” the U.S.-educated Lopez has for two weeks helped organize sporadic demonstrations around the country to denounce President Nicolas Maduro for failing to control inflation, crime and product shortages.

Feb 13, 2014

Venezuela seeks protest leader’s arrest after three dead in unrest

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan authorities sought on Thursday to arrest an opposition leader who has been organizing street protests that led to three deaths in the worst unrest since President Nicolas Maduro’s disputed election victory last year.

A judge’s arrest warrant, published in local media, said the 42-year-old hardline politician was wanted on charges ranging from instigating crime to murder and terrorism.

Feb 12, 2014

Activists say five Venezuela protesters injured by gunshots

CARACAS (Reuters) – Armed pro-government groups attacked and shot at people protesting against President Nicolas Maduro’s government in western Venezuela, injuring five, activists said.

Men on motorbikes belonging to militant community groups known as “colectivos” attacked the demonstrators late on Tuesday in the Andean city of Merida, the activists said, the latest unrest over a series of anti-government protests in Venezuela.

Feb 11, 2014

More arrests in Venezuela protests, Maduro slams ‘coup-seekers’

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan authorities have arrested another eight anti-government protesters, bringing to 19 the number being held amid street demonstrations that President Nicolas Maduro says are being orchestrated by foreign-backed “coup-seekers”.

Ten months after Maduro narrowly won an election to replace his mentor and late socialist leader Hugo Chavez, a hardline wing of Venezuela’s opposition is trying to whip up street protests over rampant crime, economic hardship and alleged state repression.

Feb 10, 2014

Toyota Venezuela slams brakes on vehicle assembly, irks president

CARACAS, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp plans
to halt vehicle assembly in Venezuela this week despite a rebuke
over the weekend from socialist President Nicolas Maduro and a
demand for talks with the Japanese automaker’s top executives.

The move by the world’s No. 1 automaker would appear to
bring vehicle production to a standstill, given it made almost
all the units produced in Venezuela in January, according to the
local automobile chamber.

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      "Andrew Cawthorne is a British journalist who has worked for Reuters since 1992 on various assignments in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Prior to that, Andrew worked on newspapers for several years."
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