As Venezuela burns, a divided region proves short on solutions

New violence erupted in the South American nation as protesters marked the 80th day in their current campaign to oust President Nicolas Maduro.

As Venezuela burns, a divided region proves short on solutions

World Bulletin / News Desk

Ministers from the Organization of American States failed Monday to agree on a resolution to address the crisis in Venezuela, as the death toll from weeks of clashes at anti-government protests rose to 74.

Meanwhile, as the OAS opened its annual general assembly in Mexico, foreign ministers from the 34-nation regional group scrambled to adopt a joint response to the crisis -- and came up short.

Since April 1, after Venezuela's Supreme Court tried to strip the powers of the opposition-majority legislature, the country has descended into running street battles between anti-government protesters and Maduro's security forces and supporters.

Maduro's opponents accuse the president of clinging to power by repressing opponents, eradicating checks and balances, and seeking to write a new constitution.

Violent scenes played out again Monday, as riot police and soldiers used tear gas and water cannons to block demonstrators from marching on central Caracas.

A 17-year-old boy was shot in the chest and killed in Altamira on the capital's east side, while six others were wounded by bullets, officials said.

 

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