Venezuela opposition seeks international support for 'democratic agenda'

Opposition activists and riot police face off during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas

Opposition activists and riot police face off during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas

Opposition leaders say he is trying to keep himself and his allies in power.

Mr Maduro is vowing to resolve the crisis by holding a special assembly to rewrite the nation's constitution, though opposition leaders have refused to participate.

As the national guard was throwing tear gas and pellets onto protesters, a violinist played through the violence.

A demonstrator takes cover behind a makeshift shield as clashes with riot police erupt, during a march against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, on May 10, 2017.

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Dozens of protesters have been injured in Venezuela's capital and a 27-year-old man has died in another day of violent clashes during demonstrations demanding elections.

At least 93 people were injured when security forces moved in to disperse crowds protesting against the government in Caracas, according to Chacao district mayor Ramon Muchacho.

Castillo had died during a demonstration on the outskirts of Caracas, while Dugarte had died from a gunshot wound he suffered Monday at a protest in Merida.

"It's important - fundamental - that we get several governments in the region to unite in the short term to make sure in Venezuela there exists nothing other than a popular and democratic agenda", Borges said upon exiting an interview with local radio station RPP.

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The messages encourage protestors to use plastic rather than glass containers, as the "poopootovs" are meant to humiliate rather than injure the police and military. About three carried guns and one reportedly fired into the air.

Militiamen approached, all dressed in dark colours with pieces of cloth covering their faces.

Many are thought to sympathize with protesters' complaints about the economic situation but do not speak out for fear of retaliation by authorities.

"Another young Venezuelan assassinated for your sick power ambition", Capriles wrote on Twitter.

As the strife-torn country witnesses the sixth consecutive week of violent protests, opposition demonstrators have reportedly started responding to tear gas attacks by the police with what they call "poop bombs" - plastic bottles filled with both animal and human excrement mixed with water.

Reuters also noted that Venezuelans have been widely sharing messages on WhatsApp groups to give step-by-step instructions on how to put together a poopootov cocktail.

State prosecutors "requested that the 14 people detained on May 5 suspected of being responsible for the damage caused in the town hall of Villa del Rosario de Perija and on the square there be judged by civil and not military courts", the department said in a statement.

He has also ensured that in a country with triple-digit inflation and shortages of everything from toilet paper to Tylenol, they have access to hard-to-find benefits like food imports and bonuses in dollars.

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