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Venezuela says it's renouncing membership in OAS

Venezuela says it's renouncing membership in OAS”

Venezuelan officials said three more people died in protests both supporting and opposing President Nicolas Maduro, raising the death toll to 24 in three weeks.

As Venezuela remains convulsed in protests at the unconstitutional actions of the country's Supreme Court and the ongoing food and medicine shortages, questions abound about the survival of the Maduro government and the larger legacy of the late Hugo Chávez.

Two government trucks in eastern Caracas were set alight on a freeway by masked protesters who poured oil on the road. The ruling was later partially reversed amid a storm of global criticism.

The opposition accuses the government of using the security forces to repress peaceful protests, and of sending armed thugs to attack them.

The Organization of American States has meanwhile called an extraordinary meeting on the Venezuelan crisis Wednesday.

The swell of protests is the most violent in economically struggling Venezuela since two months of anti-government demonstrations in 2014 that resulted in dozens of deaths.

The opposition, which blames Maduro, the army, and the national guard for the recent violence in the country, has called for an early presidential election.

Worldwide pressure on Venezuela to schedule delayed elections and free political activists now in detention has been steadily mounting.

Entering its fourth week, the numbers of death rose to 26 after a man was shot dead at a pro-government demonstration on Tuesday, according to Reuters.

Rodriguez said the pressure being brought by the USA on some of its traditional allies like Haiti to punish Venezuela was considerable.

No country has ever withdrawn from the OAS since it was created in 1948 and it's unclear how complicated the process would be.

Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez says President Nicolas Maduro will send a letter Thursday to the Washington-based OAS renouncing its membership in the hemispheric body. She discussed that there are states within the OAS that are following a right-wing, imperialist agenda against Venezuela backed by the US, according to teleSur.



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