Leaders of the Venezuelan right-wing opposition announced Wednesday night that they will continue their protests on the streets of Caracas to force the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro.
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At a press conference called by the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable coalition, Henrique Capriles a representative of the Justice First party called on his followers to "resist" in the focal points that have seen violence and vandalism in the past weeks.
Capriles said that one of the fundamental requirements for the opposition to abandon street protests is for the democratically-elected government of Maduro to schedule general elections despite the fact the Maduro's term does not end until 2019 and that it runs contrary to what is established in the country's constitution.
Venezuela's Vice President Tareck El Aissami indicated that the opposition is trying to depict Venezuela as a country in chaos to justify foreign intervention. "We know there are groups interested in selling the world a country in chaos, Henrique Capriles has said in an irresponsible manner that the government is guilty of these deaths and therefore will have to prove these serious allegations in court."
He also said that there is evidence that right-wing National Assembly Deputy Freddy Guevara led hooded demonstrators today, adding that these acts of violence were also promoted by National Assembly leader Julio Borges.
Right-wing leaders had called today's demonstration in hopes of toppling the Bolivarian government but failed when pro-government forces also came out in defense of the country's sovereignty.
The Public Ministry appointed three prosecutors to investigate the two deaths that occurred today: Carlos Moreno in Caracas and Paola Andreina Ramirez in Tachira state. A national guard member was reportedly shot dead during violent protests by the opposition in the Los Salias municipality in Miranda state.
In the Tachira case, an opposition protester identified as Ivan Pernia has been detained in the shooting death of the young woman, according to VTV.