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MENAFN - Arab News - 22/02/2014
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(MENAFN -Arab News) CARACAS: The Venezuelan government ordered paratroopers to a border city where growing student protests began over two weeks ago, with President Nicolas Maduro angrily rejecting US calls for dialogue

The nationwide demonstrations, led by students and the opposition, have left at least four people dead and dozens hurt in the biggest challenge to Maduro since he took power from the late Hugo Chavez last year

There have been near-daily protests and rallies, some of them violent, in the capital Caracas and other cities, over what Maduro?s critics say are deteriorating economic conditions, rampant street crime, corruption and bleak job prospects

Maduro?s leftist government, which is sitting on the world?s largest proven oil reserves, rushed a battalion of paratroopers to the city of San Cristobal, birthplace of the demonstrations that began on Feb. 4

The military response came in response to claims from the government that Colombians were crossing the border there ?to carry out paramilitary missions? in Venezuela

Shops were closed and streets eerily quiet in San Cristobal, capital of the western border state of Tachira, where there have been almost daily clashes between protesters and security forces

Maduro meanwhile threatened to yank CNN from the air waves over what he called the US broadcaster?s ?propaganda war.? He shot back at Barack Obama, who has urged Venezuela to release detained protesters and address the ?legitimate grievances? of its people

Maduro?s government said it ?emphatically repudiates? Obama?s remarks, accusing the US president of ?a new and crude interference in the internal affairs of our country.

On Sunday, Maduro ordered the expulsion of three US diplomats, accusing them of meeting student leaders to conspire under the guise of offering them visas. Washington denies the allegations

Maduro also came under attack from US pop icon Madonna, who Thursday accused Maduro?s government of ?fascism? over its handling of the roiling demonstrations

Opposition leader Henrique Capriles, who has kept a low profile during the protests, challenged Maduro to prove his claims that the demonstrations were part of a conspiracy to overthrow his government

?Is this a coup or an auto-coup?? he asked. ?The only one who has talked about a coup d?etat has been the government. It is a fabrication by government actors,? he said

Prominent opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who has helped spearhead the protests, is being held at a military jail where his lawyers say he could remain for up to 45 days awaiting trial

Lopez, a 42-year-old Harvard-educated economist, has been charged with instigating violence, property damage and criminal association, but not homicide, as had been threatened

Student protest leaders called Thursday for a march for peace, urging ?Venezuelan civil society to respond to the violence with white flowers.

The students convened a rally, with flowers, in Las Mercedes, an upscale Caracas neighborhood of embassies, trendy restaurants and luxury condominiums

But their plea fell on deaf ears, with yet more disturbances in other parts of the capital

Demonstrators burned tires and garbage in eastern Caracas but dispersed later without incident, a marked change from the clashes with police of previous days

?We are not going to attack the police as in previous days. We not want more violence. We do not want more deaths. The idea is not to destroy the city,? said Jose Gomez, a 23 year old law student. He stood next to a fire bonfire in a plaza where some 400 young people had gathered

Late Wednesday in Caracas, police fired tear gas and buckshot to disperse hundreds of anti-government protesters. Burning barricades, police assaults, and intimidating sweeps by pro-government civilians on motorcycles kept residents on edge through the night

The archbishop of Caracas appealed to the government to rein in ?armed groups? who he said were ?acting freely, with impunity.

?How is it possible that there could be eight or nine wounded in Valencia and a girl dead in the vilest manner simply because an armed group attacked a peaceful protest,? Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino said

He was referring to the latest fatality, a 21-year-old beauty queen who was shot in the head Tuesday at a protest rally in the northern city of Valencia

When reports first linked violence in an earlier shooting incident Feb. 12 to armed groups that appeared to be working in concert with security forces, Maduro said those groups had no place on the government?s side

?I do not accept violent groups in the Chavismo camp,? he said.


 






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