Blackouts and food shortages have become part of daily life as Venezuela grapples with a deep recession. As people resort to rationing meals and lining up for basic foodstuffs, tensions are beginning to flare.
Seventeen people have been killed at a crowded nightclub after the detonation of a tear gas canister. Eight of those who died were under the age of 18.
The government of President Nicolas Maduro has said the release of jailed activists is meant to foster dialogue. Opposition lawmakers have dismissed the move as a token gesture by a dictatorship.
Venezuelan officials have carried out more than 8,200 unlawful executions and jailed more than 12,000 people since 2013, according to a new report. Venezuelan diplomats dismissed the findings as "grotesque."
Police have blamed "criminal gangs" for attacking mothers marching against the government's brutal campaign. But human rights groups say police are colluding with paramilitary forces to suppress demonstrations.
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