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Venezuela accuses 9 of financing violent protests

Caracas, Apr 22 (EFE).- Venezuela's interior minister reported Tuesday the arrest of nine people on charges of leading, financing and organizing violent anti-government protests in the Caracas municipality of Chacao. Thanks to "previous intelligence operations," Miguel Rodriguez said, 10 homes were raided before dawn Tuesday, surprising nine people including one who, "according to people detained several days before, were handing out money" to demonstrators.

Venezuela accuses 9 of financing violent protests

Caracas, Apr 22 (EFE).- Venezuela's interior minister reported Tuesday the arrest of nine people on charges of leading, financing and organizing violent anti-government protests in the Caracas municipality of Chacao. Thanks to "previous intelligence operations," Miguel Rodriguez said, 10 homes were raided before dawn Tuesday, surprising nine people including one who, "according to people detained several days before, were handing out money" to demonstrators.

China, Venezuela discuss cooperation deals

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, on a tour of Latin America, met his Venezuelan counterpart Elias Jaua Monday to discuss boosting cooperation in a range of areas including energy. The diplomats also discussed enhancing collaboration on industrial development, as well as education, housing and cultural matters, the Venezuelan foreign ministry said. Wang was due to meet later with President Nicolas Maduro. The top Chinese diplomat arrived in Caracas from his first stop in the region, Cuba.

Protesters fight police, burn Maduro puppets in Venezuela

By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - Masked youths battled police, protesters burned and hung from lamp-posts effigies of President Nicolas Maduro and marchers demanded the "resurrection" of democracy on a volatile Easter Sunday in Venezuela. Though millions of Venezuelans have headed for Caribbean beaches and family gatherings over the Easter period, student demonstrators have sought to keep a nearly three-month protest movement going with religious-themed demonstrations.

Students add Easter twist to dwindling Venezuela protests

By Andrew Cawthorne and Deisy Buitrago CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan students are marching barefoot, building crucifixes and planning to burn effigies of President Nicolas Maduro to try and breathe new life into their protest movement over Easter. The religious-themed demonstrations are the latest tactics in anti-government protests since early February that have convulsed the South American OPEC nation and led to 41 deaths.

Venezuela reports progress in new crisis talks

Venezuela's government and opposition reported progress Tuesday in a new round of talks aimed at ending two months of deadly protests that have rocked the oil-rich nation. The government again rejected an opposition demand for amnesty for 175 people arrested in the disturbances. But the head of the government delegation, Vice President Jorge Arreaza, left the possibility open for the future. "The meeting was always held on good terms, with respect and tolerance," said Arreaza. "The peace dialogue is advancing."

Venezuela's Maduro, opposition spar in crisis talks

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leaders traded barbs during six hours of nationally televised talks that ended at dawn Friday, a rocky first attempt to end deadly anti-government protests. Opposition leaders demanded amnesty for people arrested in two months of protests and the disarmament of radical pro-government civilian groups they accuse of terrorizing demonstrators. Maduro rejected their demands in the talks that began late Thursday, but the socialist leader invited his political rivals to another meeting on Tuesday.

Venezuela's Maduro, opposition spar in crisis talks

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leaders traded barbs during six hours of nationally televised talks that ended at dawn Friday, a rocky first attempt to end deadly anti-government protests. Opposition leaders demanded amnesty for people arrested in two months of protests and the disarmament of radical pro-government civilian groups they accuse of terrorizing demonstrators. Maduro rejected their demands, but the socialist leader invited his political rivals to another meeting on Tuesday.

Venezuela's Maduro, opposition spar in crisis talks

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leaders traded barbs during six hours of nationally televised talks that ended at dawn Friday, a rocky first attempt to end deadly anti-government protests. Opposition leaders demanded amnesty for people arrested in two months of protests and the disarmament of radical pro-government civilian groups they accuse of terrorizing demonstrators. Maduro rejected their demands, but the socialist leader invited his political rivals to another meeting on Tuesday.

Maduro, opposition meet in first bid to end protests

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro sat down for talks with arch-rival Henrique Capriles on Thursday in a first meeting with opposition leaders to end two months of deadly street protests. Just one year after succeeding his late mentor, iconic leftist leader Hugo Chavez, Maduro agreed to an unprecedented face-to-face meeting with the opposition, after the UNASUR group of South American nations offered to mediate.
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