The Union of South American Nations has called for an end to the unrest in Venezuela, after violent protests left another two people dead. Venezuela has been gripped by almost a month of demonstrations that have killed a total of 20 people.
Caracas has ordered the expulsion of the Panamanian ambassador to Venezuela and three other diplomatic staff. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro severed ties with Panama on Wednesday, claiming they were involved in an anti-government conspiracy.
The government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced that it was breaking diplomatic and commercial ties with Panama on Wednesday, citing the Central American country's complicity in a "conspiracy."
The Venezuelan people are busy commemorating the anniversary of the death of the iconic socialist leader, Hugo Chavez, while his successor, Maduro, grapples with country-wide protests against his government.
Student protesters have clashed with police in Caracas, prompting officers to use tear gas to break up the crowds. It comes after almost two weeks of massive street demonstrations that the government has condemned as an attempted coup d’état.
The opposition in Venezuela says their protests are about crime and inflation, but they haven’t come forward with any concrete proposals as to how to deal with these problems, Gregory Wilpert, founder and editor of VenezuelaAnalysis.com, told RT.
The US has given three Venezuelan diplomats 48 hours to leave the embassy in Washington DC, a week after three American consular officials were expelled from Venezuela on the order of President Maduro.
The largest proven oil reserves and leading position in the independence movement within Latin America, which seeks to extricate itself from the US control, makes Venezuela a key target for intervention, activist and writer Keane Bhatt told RT.