Violent clashes between protestors and police claimed several lives during a 24 hour general strike The millions of demonstrators who joined in oppose President Nicolas Maduro's plan to elect a citizens' body to rewrite the constitution.
Venezuela's opposition has said it won't be bullied out of participating in future elections, a day after threats by President Nicolas Maduro. The US said it stands with Venezuelans as they "seek to restore democracy."
Venezuela's government and opposition have restarted talks to resolve the country's political crisis, but expectations are low. Economic ills have pushed the government back to the table, but concessions appear unlikely.
Images of unarmed protesters being beaten by police were broadcast around the world this summer. But little has been said about the thousands who were dragged into custody.
Leading opposition figure Freddy Guevara has sought refuge in the Chilean embassy after being blamed by Venezuela's government of fomenting violence. A UN report blames the government for the scores of protester deaths.
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