Venezuela says second young man killed in anti-Maduro protests

Venezuela says second young man killed in anti-Maduro protests

On Monday, an elderly Venezuelan woman died in her apartment in Caracaras after inhaling tear gas thrown by police officers during a protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, Fox News reports.

Earlier this week, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto received leading Venezuelan opposition activist Lilian Tintori, the wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, in a policy shift that reflects Mexico's increasing assertiveness against the government of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro.

The protests intensified on Saturday after the government on Friday barred opposition leader Henrique Capriles from holding political office for 15 years over "administrative irregularities" during his current term as the governor of the northern state of Miranda.

Police deployed in the country's capital of Caracas have been trying to disperse the thousands of protesters, using water cannon and tear gas.

GENEVA – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner For Human Rights urged on Tuesday the Venezuelan government to respect its citizens rights to peaceful demonstration and freedom of expression, and appealed to all parties concerned to renounce violence.

That blocks Capriles, who narrowly lost the 2013 presidential election to Maduro, from running against him next year.

A counter-rally will be held on the same day by supporters of Maduro who announced that they would gather in central Caracas.

More news: Venezuela opposition leader banned from office for 15 years

Protester Alejandro Navas, a law student, said he was in the streets to demand elections at every level, including presidential.

The opposition is demanding a date for gubernatorial elections that were supposed to take place past year, as well as a timeline for future elections including the presidential vote, which is constitutionally mandated for 2018. "We need to get out on the street and fight, to tell these people we don't want them", 67-year-old protester, Maria Guedez, was quoted as saying.

Maduro, a former bus driver and union leader who accuses foreign countries of "meddling", travelled to communist ally Cuba on Sunday for a meeting of the ALBA bloc, which includes Venezuela's leftist allies in Latin America including Nicaragua, Bolivia and Cuba.

On Monday, Maduro stressed in a meeting with leaders in Cuba that the USA was to blame for the political crisis gripping his country.

But the group's influence has waned along with that of Venezuela, whose economy has been devastated by the drop in global oil prices since 2014.

Officials also used the protest to garner support in rejecting the opposition's continued call for protest.

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