The death toll from more than three weeks of protests in Venezuela rose to 19 as opposition and government supporters held rival marches and the Organization of American States hosted a closed-door meeting on the crisis.
Venezuelan government and opposition supporters held rival marches today in Caracas after President Nicolas Maduro rejected any mediation by the Organization of American States and cut diplomatic and commercial ties with Panama.
Venezuelan street demonstrations entered their second week after National Guard troops arrested opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez following protests that have left five people dead, including one today.
Leopoldo Lopez, the leader of the Venezuelan opposition party Voluntad Popular, said he’ll lead a march on Feb. 18 and possibly face arrest if Venezuela’s government follows through on threats to jail him.
When Igor Sechin was working as President Vladimir Putin’s deputy chief of staff a decade ago, visitors to his Kremlin office noticed an unusual collection on the bookshelves: row after row of bound volumes containing minutes of Communist Party congresses.
Venezuelan National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello accused lawmakers from the party of former opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski of receiving financial contributions without declaring them to the electoral board.