As the number of casualties in Venezuela increases due to clashes between protesters and security forces, the country is on high alert ahead of Sunday’s controversial vote.


Protesters Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Yesterday (Thursday), 5 people were killed in clashes between protesters and security forces in Venezuela ahead of Sunday’s controversial election. Critics of the vote believe it will be an end to Democracy in the country.

The US has ordered family members of diplomats in the capital to leave the country and allowed the workers themselves to leave. In light of the growing crisis in the country, Colombian airline Avianca announced the suspension of flights to Venezuela.


Maduro Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has convened a vote to elect a 545-person assembly that will have powers to change the country’s constitution and eliminate opposition. Opposition leader Freddy Guevara called protesters to come out.

Minister of Interior, Justice and Peace Néstor Reverol banned protests ahead of the vote, stating that those who break the law risk facing a 5 to 10-year prison sentence.

“We are prepared to continue taking strong and swift economic actions,” stated US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

At least 108 people died in violent protests since April. The protesters continue to demand Democratic elections.