Two Venezuelan lawmakers sought refuge at foreign embassies in Caracas on Thursday, as the government of President Nicolás Maduro cracked down on allies of opposition leader Juan Guaidó who supported his attempted uprising last week.
Venezuelan opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez, evading arrest in a Spanish diplomatic residence, on Thursday disclosed he met with senior military officials before a failed uprising against President Nicolás Maduro this week.
Venezuelans heeded opposition leader Juan Guaidó's call to take to the streets on Wednesday in a bid to force President Nicolás Maduro from power, but there was little concrete sign of change in a crisis that increasingly looks like a political stalemate.
Millions of Cubans took to the streets on Wednesday in protest over new sanctions imposed on the Caribbean island by the Trump administration and US efforts to topple the government of socialist ally Venezuela.
Reuters witnesses said several dozen mostly young armed men in military uniform accompanying Guaidó exchanged gunfire with soldiers acting in support of Maduro outside the La Carlota air base but the opposition did not appear to be about to take power by force.
For the past month, unprecedented nationwide blackouts in Venezuela have paralyzed the country's industrial sector. The number of companies based in Venezuela has fallen to a tenth of the 5,000 there were two decades ago. The blackouts have only made it worse.
Angry Venezuelans set up burning barricades near the presidential palace in Caracas and in other parts of the country on Sunday in protests over constant power outages and shortages of drinking water in the wake of two major blackouts this month.
Tensions between Brazil and Venezuela intensified last month after violent clashes broke out on the border over a botched humanitarian aid delivery plan. While tensions have subsided and the possibility of armed conflict has been ruled out, relations remain strained.
Lorne Matalon reports on a series of policy reversals by Venezuela's president Hugo Ch-vez: critics say the reversals show that Ch-vez is struggling, but Ch-vez appears to be shifting positions to consolidate his support among voters in Venezuela.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he hopes relations between his nation and Washington will improve after George W. Bush leaves office, but, as The World's Lorne Matalon reports, that won't be easy.
Hundreds of opposition candidates have been barred from running in Venezuela's local elections this November, and analysts say the move shows that the government of President Hugo Chavez is worried he's losing support at the local level
Venezuela held gubernatorial and mayoral elections over the weekend. The parties allied with President Hugo Chavez won a majority of the contests but the opposition also posted some gains. The BBC's Will Grant reports from Caracas.