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Thu Jul 27, 2017, 09:12 PM

Clashes kill five as Venezuela crisis deepens ahead of vote

Source: Reuters

Clashes between Venezuelan security forces and demonstrators have killed five people during the latest opposition-led strike to protest an election on Sunday that critics contend will mark the end of democracy in the oil-rich country.

As Venezuela's crisis deepened, Colombian airline Avianca on Thursday canceled its operations in the country and the U.S. State Department said it was ordering family members of U.S. employees at its embassy in Caracas to leave ahead of the vote.

The controversial Constituent Assembly election is scheduled for July 30.

Critics of President Nicolas Maduro were planning to pile more pressure on the unpopular leftist leader by holding a major protest dubbed 'The takeover of Venezuela' on Friday.

Read more: https://www.yahoo.com/news/clashes-kill-five-venezuelans-protest-vote-congress-001318682--finance.html

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