Venezuela crisis: UN urges government to allow dissent as asylum requests soar

Venezuela crisis: UN urges government to allow dissent as asylum requests soar

Upwards of 100 people have been killed and at least 1,500 others injured in anti-government protests in Venezuela since April.

Its campaign has found echo in the scarcities suffered by many Venezuelans.

Legal sales of marijuana for recreational purposes are set to begin next week in Uruguay at a limited number of pharmacies to nearly 5,000 people who have registered as consumers.

The preliminary hearing for the pair was delayed "on repeated occasions" and their state of health should be checked, the statement said, adding that they were being held by Venezuela's intelligence service in Caracas.

The unofficial referendum has all the hallmarks of a major election: There will be voting centers nationwide and in more than 75 countries.

"It's the zero hour", Perez said as several masked youths looked on from behind. And they're pushing forward with their July 30 vote to elect 527 members of the assembly, known as ANC for its name in Spanish, in a process designed to stack the body with the party faithful.

Considering the evolving situation in Venezuela, it is projected that people will continue to leave the country.

The country's chief prosecutor requested on Friday the conditional release of Joshua Holt and his wife Thamara Candelo, citing repeated delays by the court overseeing the case.

“We are very concerned that more than 450 civilians have reportedly been brought before military tribunals, ” OHCHR spokesperson Liz Throssel said.

Organizers of Sunday's vote are hoping that if they can get millions of people to reject the deal, the government might be persuaded to drop its plans.

Perez's colorful past has mesmerized Venezuelans.

Perez produced and starred in a 2015 Venezuelan action movie called "Suspended Death" about the rescue of a kidnapped businessman, which includes scenes of him firing a rifle from a helicopter and emerging from water in scuba gear.

"There's no way this vote will allow us to escape from this government", said Avila, the opposition deputy. Opposition demonstrators with their faces covered routinely throw Molotov cocktails and fire homemade mortars at police and National Guard sent to break up the protests.

The crisis is worsened by pressure from Washington, rampant inflation, hoarding of basic goods by capitalist companies, and anti-social problems bred by the crisis, including one of the highest violent crime rates in the world. The plebiscite will have a group of university deans to ensure its transparency. UNHCR is stepping up its response accordingly. Authorities have suggested he was linked to a U.S. -backed conspiracy to oust President Nicolas Maduro. Aruba, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Ecuador, Peru and Trinidad and Tobago, have also received asylum applications by Venezuelans in 2017.

Venezuela is "in a war of attrition", he said.