Three killed as protests against Venezuelan government continue

Amid anti-Maduro protests roiling Venezuela, leading to 20 deaths and dozens of arrests the past three weeks, the opposition is trying to rally worldwide opinion against his socialist government. The opposition rejected the allegation, saying the children had to be evacuated because of tear gas fired by Maduro's "dictatorship".

The move against GM could further strain relations between Venezuela's leftist government, led by President Nicolas Maduro, and Washington. Despite the decision being reversed three days later, protests have continued.

Eleven people died - some reportedly electrocuted while looting a bakery, and others shot - and six people were wounded in riots in the capital's southwestern district El Valle, the public ministry said in a statement. Another death was reported east of Caracas in El Sucre.

Looting also erupted Wednesday and Thursday, with businesses ransacked in western Caracas and people carting off food and beer, residents said.

April 7: Henrique Capriles, a leader of the Venezuelan opposition and runner-up in the 2013 presidential election, is banned from politics for 15 years, preventing him from standing in 2018.

"A peaceful solution to the crisis we are experiencing.begins with the change of government", Cristina says. They were met by tear gas and rubber bullets as they tried to march to downtown Caracas. Tens of thousands of protesters asking for the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro flooded the streets again Thursday, one day after three people were killed and hundreds arrested in the biggest anti-government demonstrations in years.

The third fatality was a National Guard sergeant killed overnight when his squad was attacked with gunfire while trying to control disturbances in a suburb of Caracas, the chief prosecutor's office said. It wasn't clear who shot him and there was no immediate comment from authorities.

"Canada is concerned about the reports of armed civilians and clashes during protests in Venezuela", the embassy said in a statement.

On Saturday, they plan to march in silence to the Catholic Church's episcopal seats nationwide. There's also a sit-in to block major highways planned for Monday.

General Motors Co. announced Thursday that it is pulling out of Venezuela after authorities there seized one of its auto plants, a fresh sign of the turmoil gripping the country as anti-government protests spread. The country has seen near-daily protests ever since.

A woman is aided by fellow demonstrators after falling, overcome by tear gas, during anti-government protests in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, April 20, 2017.

The Supreme Court ruling reinvigorated Venezuela's fractious opposition, which had been struggling to channel growing disgust with Maduro.

Opponents are pushing for Maduro's removal through early elections and the release of dozens of political prisoners.

Venezuela faces around 20 arbitration cases over nationalizations under late leader Hugo Chavez.

Later Thursday, Maduro said he had called for an investigation into cellphone operator Movistar for allegedly being part of the "coup-minded march" organized by adversaries of his government. Last year, GM lost $400 million before taxes in South America, but overall it made a pretax profit of $12.5 billion.

Despite Venezuela's grim outlook, many carmakers have chose to stay put and avoid the drastic step of shutting down operations to avoid losing market share in case the economy dramatically improves or a more business-friendly government takes power.

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