General Motors plant seized, protesters killed in Venezuela

Demonstrators cover their faces to avoid tear gas while rallying during the so-called

Hundreds of workers desperate for information about their jobs gathered at the plant on Thursday to meet with government and military officials, as well as representatives of the dealership that brought the lawsuit.

Capriles said that one of the fundamental requirements for the opposition to abandon street protests is for the democratically-elected government of Maduro to schedule general elections despite the fact the Maduro's term does not end until 2019 and that it runs contrary to what is established in the country's constitution.

Tens of thousands of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro flooded the streets of Caracas amid confusion and tear gas Wednesday for what they've dubbed the "mother of all marches" against the embattled socialist leader.

Venezuelan protests against government leave two students dead Reuters Venezuela (@ReutersVzla) 19 avril 2017 "Colectivos" The opposition attributed the two student deaths to groups known as "colectivos".

Of these, 33 people had multiple injuries, 10 with asphyxiation symptoms “as a result of tear gas” used by the police forces to disperse the protest, and 14 with “fainting and stress related problems, ” according to Muchacho, who belongs to the opposition.

Fears of violence spiked this week after Maduro said he would increase the size of a citizen militia that supports the government to 500,000 members and give each cadet a gun.

Demonstrators clash with the riot police during a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, April 20, 2017.

The Supreme Court's decision energized Venezuela's fractious opposition, which had been struggling to channel growing disgust with Maduro over widespread food shortages, triple-digit inflation and rampant crime.

More than three million people in Caracas and many others in different parts of the Venezuelan territory responded Wednesday to the attempts of external aggression denounced by the government.

A demonstrator throws back a tear gas canister during clashes with security forces at a protest in Caracas. The National Guard members are deploying tear gas on an opposition march

Maduro continues to delay overdue presidential elections after losing his majority in parliament in 2015.

Authorities say a third person has died overnight in the ongoing protests in Venezuela. Over 400 people were arrested during protests on Wednesday, rights group Penal Forum said. And this country, even if they don't want, we will change it.

Wednesday's marches underscored the widening political rifts in the country, where the opposition has accused Maduro of creating a dictatorship in the last few years. Machado said the government was trying to blame her party for the killing of a young woman that the administration itself was responsible for.

Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay on Monday signed a joint statement asking for the Venezuelan government "to guarantee the right to peaceful demonstration", and avoid violence against protesters.

Maduro was expected to address the counter march of government supporters later Wednesday, which is a holiday celebrating Venezuela's declaration of independence from Spain two centuries ago. "We'll see who tires out first". In 2011, Venezuela had roughly $30 billion in reserves. National Guard troops have been aggressive with protesters, using brute force and tear gas. Six people have died and countless others, many journalists, have been injured.

Foreign governments are also warning about the increasingly bellicose rhetoric coming from the government.

Even while accusing the United States. of trying to overthrow him, Maduro has been careful not to antagonize the new USA president.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. is "concerned that the government of Maduro is violating its own constitution and is not allowing the opposition to ... organize in a way that expresses the views of the Venezuelan people".

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