"The Merida prosecutor is investigating the death of Rafael Antonio Vergara (30) that occurred this July 26 during a demonstration in Ejido", the Public Ministry tweeted. The constituent assembly is aimed at bringing the nation back together to rewrite the constitution, but the opposition fears its ultimate goal is to bypass the National Assembly that it controls.
The sanctions come ahead of the planned July 30 election of the ANC that the U.S. Treasury Department says "will have the power to rewrite the Venezuelan constitution and may choose to dissolve Venezuelan state institutions". Instead it's voicing full support for the embattled government of President Nicolas Maduro, a key ideological and economic ally.
On Wednesday, the USA slapped sanctions on 13 top officials of Venezuela's government for "undermining democracy", just as the Venezuelan opposition initiated a 48-hour general strike called for July 26 and 27, to demand that President Nicolas Maduro cease the July 30 election for a Constituent Assembly to draft a new constitution.
He warned that anybody elected to the Constituent Assembly could also face United States sanctions.
In Washington, US officials said sanctions could be expanded to include a potentially devastating halt of dollar payments for the country's oil or a total ban on oil imports to the United States.
The Daily Mail - which calls the democratically-elected Maduro Corbyn's "dictator pal" - says the Labour leader made the comments in 2014, a year before he was elected party chief. They also said a 16-year-old boy died in the Caracas neighbourhood of Petare.
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President Maduro said no matter how many people take part in protests against the election, he will move forward with his plans to create a constituent assembly, which for him will restore peace to Venezuela.
The teenager, whose identity has not been revealed, is the second victim recorded during the first one-day general strike decreed for 48 hours to attempt to block the election on Sunday of members of the constituent Assembly. Though quickly reversed, the decision ignited a protest movement against socialist President Nicolas Maduro fueled by anger over triple-digit inflation, hours-long lines to buy basic food items and deadly medical shortages.
Slamming the United States for its attempt to disrupt Venezuela's economy with an "indirect blockade" targeting the country's financial system, Maduro said that Venezuela is ready for "any scenario". The assembly could dramatically reshape government and help Maduro further consolidate his power.
The paper claims that a recording of a meeting between the two reveals Corbyn telling the Latin American leader that European Central Bank (ECB) policies are "detrimental to the poor of Britain and other countries" and that the EU is a barrier to "building socialism and the fight against capitalism". He calls on Venezuelans "to stop this with peaceful resistance and deep commitment to our efforts". The main business guild Fedecamaras also backed the opposition, issuing a statement on Tuesday that called the coming weekend vote "unconstitutional and unnecessary".
"We are on the brink of their trying to annihilate the republic that you swore to defend", Lopez said in a 15-minute video message.