Venezuelan Women Protest Against President Maduro

The MUD opposition coalition showed scenes on its Twitter account of women demonstrating in at least 10 states in the interior after the anti-Chavista platform called for protests in every state capital. Opposition leaders said 30 were injured in Thursday's student demonstrations.

Borges was also cited as saying to the Times that Washington's hands-on approach under Trump could help Venezuela overcome the "classic dictatorship" led by Maduro.

"They discussed the ongoing crisis in Venezuela and the need for the government to adhere to the Venezuelan Constitution, release political prisoners, respect the National Assembly, and hold free and democratic elections", the readout said.

Venezuela is suffering a political and economic calamity, with shortages of food and medicine and runaway inflation while Maduro's government seeks to sideline the opposition-controlled parliament.

Unfortunately, the mega protests turned bloody when angry gangs threw Molotov cocktail, bottles and rocks at riot police, who responded by firing white tear gas.

The leftist Maduro's opponents accuse him of trying to strengthen his grip on power and delay elections by launching legal proceedings to overhaul the constitution.

"The regime is falling", said Lilian Tintori, wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, outside the prison near Caracas where she was demanding to see her husband.

A group of bi-partisan USA politicians sent a letter to USA president Donald Trump on Thursday, urging him to apply new sanctions against individuals responsible for human rights abuses and to push for the delivery of humanitarian relief.

"Since the government can not win elections, it wants to dismantle the system for holding them", opposition leader Henrique Capriles told the AFP news agency. The government says the opposition is fomenting violence.

In total, 37 people have died and around 800 have been injured in fighting in the country between security forces and protesters since the start of April.

Surrounded by top-ranking socialist officials, a riled-up Maduro told supporters dressed in red outside the National Electoral Council that the constitutional assembly was needed to instill peace against a violent opposition.

Walking through an agricultural expo where he pet goats and sampled cheese Thursday, Maduro repeatedly reiterated his call for a special assembly tasked with defining Venezuela's future.

She told the Wall Street Journal that the government should ensure people's right to demonstrate freely, without arbitrary arrests.

Maduro, backed by the Venezuelan military, is resisting.

Protests gained new steam this week after Maduro said he would draft a new Constitution to replace the one implemented by Chavez in 1999.

"Will Maduro's position be sustainable?"

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