Ahead of next Sunday's election for a 500-plus member assembly to rewrite the constitution and give the president more power, the opposition also plans a general strike — the second in weeks — on Wednesday and Thursday and a big protest march on Friday.
Over a third of Venezuelan voters turned out Sunday in an unofficial referendum — and nearly all voted "No" to President Nicolás Maduro's plans to rewrite the constitution. Now the opposition is calling a nationwide strike.
The call to polls — described as a "plebiscite" by the opposition, but "illegal" by the government — is over President Nicolas Maduro's intention to have a citizens' body elected to redraft the country's basic law.
Four grenades were hurled at the high court from a helicopter and bullets were fired at the Interior Ministry on Tuesday, leader Nicolas Maduro said, in a potentially dramatic escalation of the violence gripping the oil-rich South American country.
Under pressure, Venezuela's top court reversed its decision to strip the legislature of its power. But to government critics the case was clear: They say judges loyal to President Nicolas Maduro attempted to set the stage for one-man rule.
Former political prisoner Francisco Marquez says he witnessed beatings and torture during his four months in Venezuelan prison. He's now in the US trying to draw attention to the human rights crisis back home.
In Venezuela, the snap election for president is getting under way, but the late Hugo Chavez is still the looming presence. His vice president, Nicolas Maduro, is campaigning on a promise to carry the Chavez torch.
Even by the volatile and violent standards of recent times in Venezuela, 2017 was an exceptional year, a “perfect storm” of political and economic crisis. Take a look back at 2017 with these remarkable photos.
Hugo Chavez led Venezuela for 14 years, building the country into the western hemisphere's sharpest critic of the United States. He nationalized businesses and governed with a populist bent. He died Tuesday in Caracas, age 58.
President Nicolás Maduro hopes it will help fix the country’s dire financial situation by sidestepping US sanctions and providing an alternative to cash, which is nearly worthless in Venezuela due to the soaring inflation rate.