Protests in Venezuela Against Arrest of Opposition Mayors

Members of the National Police clash with anti-government activists during a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, on March 20, 2014. Venezuela upped pressure on the opposition Wednesday after weeks of protests, arresting two mayors including one in the town where they started and seeking a probe of a prominent anti-government lawmaker. Authorities said the death toll from the protests rose to at least 30 after a policeman died trying to break up a protest in the western city of San Cristobal, where the demos began February 4.
Members of the National Police clash with anti-government activists during a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, on March 20, 2014. Venezuela upped pressure on the opposition Wednesday after weeks of protests, arresting two mayors including one in the town where they started and seeking a probe of a prominent anti-government lawmaker. Authorities said the death toll from the protests rose to at least 30 after a policeman died trying to break up a protest in the western city of San Cristobal, where the demos began February 4.

Demonstrators took to the streets of Venezuela’s capital on Thursday, protesting against the arrest of two opposition mayors. They are the first opposition leaders to be jailed by Venezuela’s socialist government since the unrest began in early February. CCTV’s Martin Markovits reports with details.

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In the midst of the unrest, international airlines are dramatically cutting flights to Venezuela. The country’s government owes carriers more than $3 billion — and the political turmoil has airlines concerned. CCTV’s Martin Markovits reports from Caracas.