Crise au Venezuela: un violon pour contrer la violence

Depuis l'aggravation de la crise économique et politique au Venezuela, les heurts entre police et manifestants sont devenus quotidiens. Face à cette violence meurtrière, un homme a empoigné son violon pour promouvoir la paix.
16 mai 2017, 14:34
/ Màj. le 16 mai 2017 à 15:38
Le jeune homme a choisi la musique comme arme.

 

L'art a de tout temps été une arme face à la violence, et en voici un nouvel exemple. Depuis début avril, au Venezuela, un soulèvement populaire exige le départ du président Nicolas Maduro. 

>> À lire: Pénurie alimentaire, soulèvement populaire, violence meurtrière: lumière sur la crise dévastatrice au Venezuela

Depuis, au moins 38 personnes ont perdu la vie dans les heurts entre policiers et manifestants. Au milieu de cette montée de violence, un musicien s'est détaché de la foule.

 

 

Muni de son violon, Wuilly Moisés Arteaga a été filmé à plusieurs reprises, jouant de la musique au milieu des gaz lacrymogènes et des projectiles, comme le 8 mai dernier à Caracas.

 

 

Seul face aux armes des forces de l'ordre, des manifestants se sont donné pour mission de le protéger.

 

 

Lorsqu'il entonne l'hymne national, ceux-ci l'accompagnent en chantant, comme le relaie Semana.com.

 

 

Pour le jeune homme de 23 ans, c'est une manière de résister tout en promouvant la paix. 

"En jouant l’hymne national, j’ai souhaité encourager les manifestants, tout en leur rappelant que l’on proteste pour obtenir la paix et reconstruire notre pays, et non pas pour générer de la violence, raconte Wuilly aux Observateurs

"Mais j’ai également joué pour les forces de l’ordre : je voulais leur montrer que je n’étais pas armé et que je portais, au contraire, un message de paix, destiné à nous unir."

 

 

L'action pacifiste du violoniste n'a pas été sans conséquence puisqu'il a reçu des menaces et a été renvoyé d'un travail dans un hôtel pro-gouvernemental.

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epa06117977 Bolivarian National Police (PNB) agent was wounded in an explosion in the street near motorized police in the vicinity of the Altamira Square, in Caracas, Venezuela, 30 July 2017. Clashes are breaking out as the voting on a constituent assembly takes place under strict security measures and despite the rejection of local opposition and the international community. The new assembly would have powers to rewrite a constitution and bypass the National Assembly which is currently controlled by the opposition. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ ©KEYSTONE
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro holds the Venezuelan flag next to singer "El Potro Alvarez" during a rally in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, July 27, 2017.  Maduro has provoked international outcry and enraged an opposition demanding his resignation with his push to elect an assembly that will rewrite the nation's constitution. Sunday's election will cap nearly four months of political upheaval that has left thousands detained and injured and at least 100 dead. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro holds the Venezuelan flag next to singer "El Potro Alvarez" during a rally in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, July 27, 2017. Maduro has provoked international outcry and enraged an opposition demanding his resignation with his push to elect an assembly that will rewrite the nation's constitution. Sunday's election will cap nearly four months of political upheaval that has left thousands detained and injured and at least 100 dead. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
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Wuilly Arteaga plays his violin during clashes against Venezuelan Bolivarian National Guard officers on the first day of a 48-hour general strike in protest of government plans to rewrite the constitution, in the Bello Campo neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. President Nicolas Maduro is promoting the constitution rewrite as a means of resolving Venezuela's political standoff and economic crisis, but opposition leaders are boycotting it. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
Wuilly Arteaga plays his violin during clashes against Venezuelan Bolivarian National Guard officers on the first day of a 48-hour general strike in protest of government plans to rewrite the constitution, in the Bello Campo neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. President Nicolas Maduro is promoting the constitution rewrite as a means of resolving Venezuela's political standoff and economic crisis, but opposition leaders are boycotting it. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
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epa06111468 A wounded protestor receives assistance from emergency personnel during the 48-hour general strike called for by the opposition in Caracas, Venezuela, 26 July 2017. The Venezuelan opposition called a 48-hour strike throughout the country as part of the protests against President Nicolas Maduroís plan to rewrite the countryís constitution. At least 98 people have been killed in nearly four months of unrest. EPA/Miguel Gutierrez ©KEYSTONE
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Voters wait to cast their ballots next murals of Venezuelan Independence hero Ezequiel Zamora, left, and the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, at a polling station in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, July 30, 2017. President Nicolas lead the vote for an all-powerful constitutional assembly that his opponents fear he'll use to replace Venezuelan democracy with a single-party authoritarian system. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
Venezuelan Bolivarian National police officers drive around fire after an explosion at Altamira square during clashes against anti-government demonstrators in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, July 30, 2017. The explosion injured several officers and damaged several of their motorcycles. The officers were then seen throwing several privately owned motorcycles into the remaining fire in reprisal. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
Venezuelan Bolivarian National police officers drive around fire after an explosion at Altamira square during clashes against anti-government demonstrators in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, July 30, 2017. The explosion injured several officers and damaged several of their motorcycles. The officers were then seen throwing several privately owned motorcycles into the remaining fire in reprisal. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
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epa06118294 A protestor confronts members of the National Bolivarian Guard during a demonstration against the vote for a Constituent Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, 30 July 2017. The National Constituent Assembly election day called by President Nicolas Maduro has been marked by violent protests, leaving at least eight dead. EPA/CRISTIAN HERNANDEZ ©KEYSTONE
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epa06118363 Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (C) celebrates election results after a national vote on his proposed Constituent Assembly at Plaza Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela, 31 July 2017. The nation-wide vote on the Maduro-backed Constituent Assembly was marred by protests and violence that left at least nine people dead. If initiated, the new assembly would have the ability to bypass congress and rewrite the constitution. EPA/NATHALIE SAYAGO ©KEYSTONE
A woman with her face painted with Spanish words "Freedom, peace, don't forget" attends a vigil to honor the more than 90 people killed during three months of anti-government protests in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, July 13, 2017. Opposition protests demanding new elections and decrying triple-digit inflation, food shortages and worsening crime continue as President Nicolas Maduro pushes forward with his plan to draft a new constitution. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
A woman with her face painted with Spanish words "Freedom, peace, don't forget" attends a vigil to honor the more than 90 people killed during three months of anti-government protests in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, July 13, 2017. Opposition protests demanding new elections and decrying triple-digit inflation, food shortages and worsening crime continue as President Nicolas Maduro pushes forward with his plan to draft a new constitution. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
A woman wearing a cap with the Venezuela flag attends a symbolic referendum in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, July 16, 2017. Venezuela's opposition called for a massive turnout Sunday in a symbolic rejection of President Nicolas Maduro's plan to rewrite the constitution, a proposal that's escalating tensions in a nation stricken by widespread shortages and more than 100 days of anti-government protests. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A woman wearing a cap with the Venezuela flag attends a symbolic referendum in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, July 16, 2017. Venezuela's opposition called for a massive turnout Sunday in a symbolic rejection of President Nicolas Maduro's plan to rewrite the constitution, a proposal that's escalating tensions in a nation stricken by widespread shortages and more than 100 days of anti-government protests. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
epa06095092 The violinist Wuilly Arteaga participates in a demonstration in Caracas, Venezuela, 18 July 2017. Results of the unofficial referendum organized by Venezuela's opposition on 16 July showed that 98.4 percent of the voters rejected the formation of the National Constituent Assembly to change the Constitution which is set to take place on 30 July.  EPA/Miguel Gutiérrez
epa06095092 The violinist Wuilly Arteaga participates in a demonstration in Caracas, Venezuela, 18 July 2017. Results of the unofficial referendum organized by Venezuela's opposition on 16 July showed that 98.4 percent of the voters rejected the formation of the National Constituent Assembly to change the Constitution which is set to take place on 30 July. EPA/Miguel Gutiérrez ©KEYSTONE
A image of Virgin Mary decorates the front of a box that reads in Spanish "The People decide, table 8" at a poll station during a symbolic referendum in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, July 16, 2017. Venezuela's opposition called for a massive turnout Sunday in a symbolic rejection of President Nicolas Maduro's plan to rewrite the constitution, a proposal that's escalating tensions in a nation stricken by widespread shortages and more than 100 days of anti-government protests. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
A image of Virgin Mary decorates the front of a box that reads in Spanish "The People decide, table 8" at a poll station during a symbolic referendum in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, July 16, 2017. Venezuela's opposition called for a massive turnout Sunday in a symbolic rejection of President Nicolas Maduro's plan to rewrite the constitution, a proposal that's escalating tensions in a nation stricken by widespread shortages and more than 100 days of anti-government protests. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
A man wearing a sunglasses with the colors of the Venezuelan flag lineup prior cast his ballot at a poll station during a symbolic referendum in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, July 16, 2017. Venezuela's opposition called for a massive turnout Sunday in a symbolic rejection of President Nicolas Maduro's plan to rewrite the constitution, a proposal that's escalating tensions in a nation stricken by widespread shortages and more than 100 days of anti-government protests. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
A man wearing a sunglasses with the colors of the Venezuelan flag lineup prior cast his ballot at a poll station during a symbolic referendum in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, July 16, 2017. Venezuela's opposition called for a massive turnout Sunday in a symbolic rejection of President Nicolas Maduro's plan to rewrite the constitution, a proposal that's escalating tensions in a nation stricken by widespread shortages and more than 100 days of anti-government protests. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
epa06092152 A shadow of a woman is cast on a Venezuelan nation flag during a rally after an unofficial referendum launched by the Venezuelan opposition at the Chacao Cultural Center in Caracas, Venezuela, 16 July 2017. Latin American former presidents attended an event at the Chacao Cultural Center, where results of the unofficial referendum will be announced.  EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ
epa06092152 A shadow of a woman is cast on a Venezuelan nation flag during a rally after an unofficial referendum launched by the Venezuelan opposition at the Chacao Cultural Center in Caracas, Venezuela, 16 July 2017. Latin American former presidents attended an event at the Chacao Cultural Center, where results of the unofficial referendum will be announced. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ ©KEYSTONE
People embrace during a vigil to honor the more than 90 people killed during three months of anti-government protests in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, July 13, 2017. Opposition protests demanding new elections and decrying triple-digit inflation, food shortages and worsening crime continue as President Nicolas Maduro pushes forward with his plan to draft a new constitution. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
People embrace during a vigil to honor the more than 90 people killed during three months of anti-government protests in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, July 13, 2017. Opposition protests demanding new elections and decrying triple-digit inflation, food shortages and worsening crime continue as President Nicolas Maduro pushes forward with his plan to draft a new constitution. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
epa06095354 A view of a truck on fire during a protest in Caracas, Venezuela, 18 July 2017. Caracas woke up partially blocked by protests in the context of the economic, social and political crisis in the Caribbean country.  EPA/Miguel Gutiérrez
epa06095354 A view of a truck on fire during a protest in Caracas, Venezuela, 18 July 2017. Caracas woke up partially blocked by protests in the context of the economic, social and political crisis in the Caribbean country. EPA/Miguel Gutiérrez ©KEYSTONE
epa06091984 Hundreds of Venezuelans living in Colombia  vote in a poll called ëpopular consultationí in Bogota, Colombia, 16 July 2017. The unofficial referendum, organized by opponents to President Nicolas Maduro, is meant to gauge public opinion on Maduroís plan to rewrite the constitution. The government is downplaying the poll saying it lacks legitimacy.  EPA/Leonardo Munoz
epa06091984 Hundreds of Venezuelans living in Colombia vote in a poll called ëpopular consultationí in Bogota, Colombia, 16 July 2017. The unofficial referendum, organized by opponents to President Nicolas Maduro, is meant to gauge public opinion on Maduroís plan to rewrite the constitution. The government is downplaying the poll saying it lacks legitimacy. EPA/Leonardo Munoz ©KEYSTONE
epa06095513 A couple kisses during a demonstration of the opposition in Caracas, Venezuela, 18 July 2017. More protests in Caracas resulted in the closure of several roads as opposition protesters demonstrated against the National Constituent Assembly convened by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The Opposition announced on 17 July 2017 that it will seek a transitional government and called for a general strike on 20 July, to increase pressure against the Constituent Assembly promoted by the government.  EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ
epa06095513 A couple kisses during a demonstration of the opposition in Caracas, Venezuela, 18 July 2017. More protests in Caracas resulted in the closure of several roads as opposition protesters demonstrated against the National Constituent Assembly convened by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The Opposition announced on 17 July 2017 that it will seek a transitional government and called for a general strike on 20 July, to increase pressure against the Constituent Assembly promoted by the government. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ ©KEYSTONE
epa06091983 Hundreds of Venezuelans living in Colombia  vote in a poll called ëpopular consultationí in Bogota, Colombia, 16 July 2017. The unofficial referendum, organized by opponents to President Nicolas Maduro, is meant to gauge public opinion on Maduroís plan to rewrite the constitution. The government is downplaying the poll saying it lacks legitimacy.  EPA/Leonardo Munoz
epa06091983 Hundreds of Venezuelans living in Colombia vote in a poll called ëpopular consultationí in Bogota, Colombia, 16 July 2017. The unofficial referendum, organized by opponents to President Nicolas Maduro, is meant to gauge public opinion on Maduroís plan to rewrite the constitution. The government is downplaying the poll saying it lacks legitimacy. EPA/Leonardo Munoz ©KEYSTONE
Opposition leaders celebrate after the announcement of results of a symbolic referendum in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, July 16, 2017. Venezuelan's opposition said more than 7.1 million people responded to its call to vote Sunday in a symbolic rejection of President Nicolas Maduro's plan to rewrite the constitution, a proposal that has raised tensions in a nation suffering through widespread shortages and months of anti-government protests. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
Opposition leaders celebrate after the announcement of results of a symbolic referendum in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, July 16, 2017. Venezuelan's opposition said more than 7.1 million people responded to its call to vote Sunday in a symbolic rejection of President Nicolas Maduro's plan to rewrite the constitution, a proposal that has raised tensions in a nation suffering through widespread shortages and months of anti-government protests. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
epa06092040 A group of people helps a woman during a confrontation between pro and anti-government demonstrators during an unofficial referendum organized by the opposition in Caracas, Venezuela, 16 July 2017. The Venezuelan public prosecutor confirmed a woman was fatally shot and several others were wounded while they waited in line to vote in an unofficial referendum organized by the opposition meant to gauge public opinion on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's plan to rewrite the constitution. The poll was held in improvised stations at theatres, sports grounds and roundabouts. Maduro's government downplayed the poll saying it lacks legitimacy.  EPA/NATHALIE SAYAGO
epa06092040 A group of people helps a woman during a confrontation between pro and anti-government demonstrators during an unofficial referendum organized by the opposition in Caracas, Venezuela, 16 July 2017. The Venezuelan public prosecutor confirmed a woman was fatally shot and several others were wounded while they waited in line to vote in an unofficial referendum organized by the opposition meant to gauge public opinion on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's plan to rewrite the constitution. The poll was held in improvised stations at theatres, sports grounds and roundabouts. Maduro's government downplayed the poll saying it lacks legitimacy. EPA/NATHALIE SAYAGO ©KEYSTONE
epa06093668 A handout photo made available by Miraflores Palace shows Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaking during a Government meeting in Caracas, Venezuela, 17 July 2017. Maduro has said the formation of the National Constituent Assembly to change the Constitution would go ahead in spite of the results of a symbolic referendum where seven million people rejected the change of the Constitution, according to figures of the opposition leaders.  EPA/Miraflores Palace/HANDOUT  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
epa06093668 A handout photo made available by Miraflores Palace shows Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaking during a Government meeting in Caracas, Venezuela, 17 July 2017. Maduro has said the formation of the National Constituent Assembly to change the Constitution would go ahead in spite of the results of a symbolic referendum where seven million people rejected the change of the Constitution, according to figures of the opposition leaders. EPA/Miraflores Palace/HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES ©KEYSTONE
epa06095271 A group of opposition protesters participates in a demonstration blocking several public roads in Caracas, Venezuela, 18 July 2017. Results of the unofficial referendum organized by Venezuela's opposition on 16 July showed that 98.4 percent of the voters rejected the formation of the National Constituent Assembly to change the Constitution which is set to take place on 30 July.  EPA/Miguel Gutierrez
epa06095271 A group of opposition protesters participates in a demonstration blocking several public roads in Caracas, Venezuela, 18 July 2017. Results of the unofficial referendum organized by Venezuela's opposition on 16 July showed that 98.4 percent of the voters rejected the formation of the National Constituent Assembly to change the Constitution which is set to take place on 30 July. EPA/Miguel Gutierrez ©KEYSTONE
epa06095510 Opposition protesters block a road by burning tires during a demonstration in Caracas, Venezuela, 18 July 2017. More protests in Caracas resulted in the closure of several roads as opposition protesters demonstrated against the National Constituent Assembly convened by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The Opposition announced on 17 July 2017 that it will seek a transitional government and called for a general strike on 20 July, to increase pressure against the Constituent Assembly promoted by the government.  EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ
epa06095510 Opposition protesters block a road by burning tires during a demonstration in Caracas, Venezuela, 18 July 2017. More protests in Caracas resulted in the closure of several roads as opposition protesters demonstrated against the National Constituent Assembly convened by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The Opposition announced on 17 July 2017 that it will seek a transitional government and called for a general strike on 20 July, to increase pressure against the Constituent Assembly promoted by the government. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ ©KEYSTONE
epa06095514 Opposition protesters holding makeshift shields block a road during a demonstration in Caracas, Venezuela, 18 July 2017. More protests in Caracas resulted in the closure of several roads as opposition protesters demonstrated against the National Constituent Assembly convened by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The Opposition announced on 17 July 2017 that it will seek a transitional government and called for a general strike on 20 July, to increase pressure against the Constituent Assembly promoted by the government.  EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ
epa06095514 Opposition protesters holding makeshift shields block a road during a demonstration in Caracas, Venezuela, 18 July 2017. More protests in Caracas resulted in the closure of several roads as opposition protesters demonstrated against the National Constituent Assembly convened by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The Opposition announced on 17 July 2017 that it will seek a transitional government and called for a general strike on 20 July, to increase pressure against the Constituent Assembly promoted by the government. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ ©KEYSTONE
epa06095520 Opposition protesters face members of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) during a demonstration in Caracas, Venezuela, 18 July 2017. More protests in Caracas resulted in the closure of several roads as opposition protesters demonstrated against the National Constituent Assembly convened by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The Opposition announced on 17 July 2017 that it will seek a transitional government and called for a general strike on 20 July, to increase pressure against the Constituent Assembly promoted by the government.  EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ
epa06095520 Opposition protesters face members of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) during a demonstration in Caracas, Venezuela, 18 July 2017. More protests in Caracas resulted in the closure of several roads as opposition protesters demonstrated against the National Constituent Assembly convened by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The Opposition announced on 17 July 2017 that it will seek a transitional government and called for a general strike on 20 July, to increase pressure against the Constituent Assembly promoted by the government. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ ©KEYSTONE
epa06095580 Protesters light Molotov cocktails during a demonstration in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, 18 July 2017. Several spontaneous protests against the Government were registered in different cities across the country. The demonstrations were not called by opposition leaders and consisted mainly in blockades and closure of streets and avenues.  EPA/PASQUALE GIORGIO
epa06095580 Protesters light Molotov cocktails during a demonstration in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, 18 July 2017. Several spontaneous protests against the Government were registered in different cities across the country. The demonstrations were not called by opposition leaders and consisted mainly in blockades and closure of streets and avenues. EPA/PASQUALE GIORGIO ©KEYSTONE
epa06095579 A demonstrator holding a Molotov cocktail participates in a demonstration in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, 18 July 2017. Several spontaneous protests against the Government were registered in different cities across the country. The demonstrations were not called by opposition leaders and consisted mainly in blockades and closure of streets and avenues.  EPA/PASQUALE GIORGIO
epa06095579 A demonstrator holding a Molotov cocktail participates in a demonstration in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, 18 July 2017. Several spontaneous protests against the Government were registered in different cities across the country. The demonstrations were not called by opposition leaders and consisted mainly in blockades and closure of streets and avenues. EPA/PASQUALE GIORGIO ©KEYSTONE
epa06097532 A man on a wheelchair crosses a blocked street in Caracas, Venezuela, 19 July 2017.  Opponents of the government have set-up homemade barricades paralyzing much of the city. The opposition have been protesting for months President Nicolas Maduroís attempts to rewrite the national charter.  EPA/CRISTIAN HERNANDEZ
epa06097532 A man on a wheelchair crosses a blocked street in Caracas, Venezuela, 19 July 2017. Opponents of the government have set-up homemade barricades paralyzing much of the city. The opposition have been protesting for months President Nicolas Maduroís attempts to rewrite the national charter. EPA/CRISTIAN HERNANDEZ ©KEYSTONE
epa06002339 An opposition protestor, drapped in a flag,  stands in front of military police in Caracas, Venezuela, 31 May 2017. The National Bolivarian Guard used tear gas and water cannons to prevent the opposition march to reach the Foreign Ministry in downtown Caracas.  More than 50 people have been killed and scores injured in protest-related violence over the last sixty plus days.  EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ
epa06002339 An opposition protestor, drapped in a flag, stands in front of military police in Caracas, Venezuela, 31 May 2017. The National Bolivarian Guard used tear gas and water cannons to prevent the opposition march to reach the Foreign Ministry in downtown Caracas. More than 50 people have been killed and scores injured in protest-related violence over the last sixty plus days. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ ©KEYSTONE
epaselect epa06011218 Outlines of the human body and victims' names of the two-month long protests are painted on a street in of Los Palos Grandes, east of Caracas, Venezuela, 04 June 2017. Venezuelans demonstrated in Caracas in favor of peace and against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, while the opposition coalition Mesa de la Unidad Democratica (MUD) called on its supporters to participate on 05 June, in a 'sit-in' on several roads in the country.  EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ
epaselect epa06011218 Outlines of the human body and victims' names of the two-month long protests are painted on a street in of Los Palos Grandes, east of Caracas, Venezuela, 04 June 2017. Venezuelans demonstrated in Caracas in favor of peace and against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, while the opposition coalition Mesa de la Unidad Democratica (MUD) called on its supporters to participate on 05 June, in a 'sit-in' on several roads in the country. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ ©KEYSTONE
epa06007085 A group of demonstrators ride a truck during a protest in Caracas, Venezuela, 02 June 2017. Hundreds of Venezuelan opponents march in the capital to the headquarters of the state-run VTV channel to ask the media 'to tell the truth' in the face of the social and political crisis that the country lives in a wave of protests that has left 63 dead, and a thousand wounded.  EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ
epa06007085 A group of demonstrators ride a truck during a protest in Caracas, Venezuela, 02 June 2017. Hundreds of Venezuelan opponents march in the capital to the headquarters of the state-run VTV channel to ask the media 'to tell the truth' in the face of the social and political crisis that the country lives in a wave of protests that has left 63 dead, and a thousand wounded. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ ©KEYSTONE
epa06002378 Opposition protesters during a confrontation with military police in Caracas, Venezuela, 31 May 2017. The National Bolivarian Guard used tear gas and water cannons to prevent the opposition march to reach the Foreign Ministry in downtown Caracas.  More than 50 people have been killed and scores injured in protest-related violence over the last sixty plus days.  EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ
epa06002378 Opposition protesters during a confrontation with military police in Caracas, Venezuela, 31 May 2017. The National Bolivarian Guard used tear gas and water cannons to prevent the opposition march to reach the Foreign Ministry in downtown Caracas. More than 50 people have been killed and scores injured in protest-related violence over the last sixty plus days. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ ©KEYSTONE
epa06002435 A protestor holds a shield during an anti-government protest in Caracas, Venezuela, 31 May 2017. At least 89 people were wounded during an anti-government protest at the capital.  EPA/MAURICIO DUENAS CASTANEDA
epa06002435 A protestor holds a shield during an anti-government protest in Caracas, Venezuela, 31 May 2017. At least 89 people were wounded during an anti-government protest at the capital. EPA/MAURICIO DUENAS CASTANEDA ©KEYSTONE
An anti-government protester aims a sling shot as others take cover behind an overpass wall covered by the Spanish word "Dictatorship" during clashes with security forces in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Protests have left dozens dead in the last two months as the opposition protests for immediate presidential elections and the liberation of political prisoners. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
An anti-government protester aims a sling shot as others take cover behind an overpass wall covered by the Spanish word "Dictatorship" during clashes with security forces in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Protests have left dozens dead in the last two months as the opposition protests for immediate presidential elections and the liberation of political prisoners. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
epa06002259 A group of children plays under a Venezuelan national flag as Chavism sympathizers march in favor of the National Constituent Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, 31 May 2017. Hundreds of Chavistas are mobilizing again in the capital in support of the Constituent Assembly of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, while opponents march to the Foreign Ministry to send a message to the foreign ministers who will meet today at the Organization of American States (OAS).  EPA/CRISTIAN HERN¡NDEZ
epa06002259 A group of children plays under a Venezuelan national flag as Chavism sympathizers march in favor of the National Constituent Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, 31 May 2017. Hundreds of Chavistas are mobilizing again in the capital in support of the Constituent Assembly of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, while opponents march to the Foreign Ministry to send a message to the foreign ministers who will meet today at the Organization of American States (OAS). EPA/CRISTIAN HERN¡NDEZ ©KEYSTONE
Anti-government demonstratora clash with security forces in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. As President Nicolas Maduro faces daily protests in the streets he has offered to rewrite the constitution as a way out of the impasse, something the opposition as rejected out of hand.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Anti-government demonstratora clash with security forces in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. As President Nicolas Maduro faces daily protests in the streets he has offered to rewrite the constitution as a way out of the impasse, something the opposition as rejected out of hand.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
A wounded demonstrator, center, is evacuated aboard a motorcycle during clashes with security forces in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. As President Nicolas Maduro faces daily protests in the streets he has offered to rewrite the constitution as a way out of the impasse, something the opposition as rejected out of hand.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
A wounded demonstrator, center, is evacuated aboard a motorcycle during clashes with security forces in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. As President Nicolas Maduro faces daily protests in the streets he has offered to rewrite the constitution as a way out of the impasse, something the opposition as rejected out of hand.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
A demonstrator wears a dog face mask prior a march against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Protests have left dozens dead in the last two months. The opposition wants immediate presidential elections and the liberation of political prisoners. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
A demonstrator wears a dog face mask prior a march against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Protests have left dozens dead in the last two months. The opposition wants immediate presidential elections and the liberation of political prisoners. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
In this Monday, May 29, 2017 photo, a man carries a weeping boy away from clashes with security forces during an opposition march towards the Ombudsman's Office to protest Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela. Protesters have flooded the streets of Venezuela for months, demanding new elections and faulting President Nicolas Maduro's leadership for the country's triple-digit inflation, surging crime rates, and dire shortages of food and medicine. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
In this Monday, May 29, 2017 photo, a man carries a weeping boy away from clashes with security forces during an opposition march towards the Ombudsman's Office to protest Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela. Protesters have flooded the streets of Venezuela for months, demanding new elections and faulting President Nicolas Maduro's leadership for the country's triple-digit inflation, surging crime rates, and dire shortages of food and medicine. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
In this Wednesday, May 31, 2017 photo, a demonstrator wounded during clashes with security forces is carried away on a motorcycle in Caracas, Venezuela. Protesters have flooded the streets of Venezuela for months, demanding new elections and faulting President Nicolas Maduro's leadership for the country's triple-digit inflation, surging crime rates, and dire shortages of food and medicine. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
In this Wednesday, May 31, 2017 photo, a demonstrator wounded during clashes with security forces is carried away on a motorcycle in Caracas, Venezuela. Protesters have flooded the streets of Venezuela for months, demanding new elections and faulting President Nicolas Maduro's leadership for the country's triple-digit inflation, surging crime rates, and dire shortages of food and medicine. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
In this Wednesday, May 31, 2017 photo, a youth climbs a flag pole to repair the rope, at his school in Havana, Cuba. With its economy in recession and longstanding oil aid from Venezuela in doubt, the Cuban government appears torn between the need for market-based reforms and the fear of social inequality that would spawn popular dissatisfaction and calls for political change. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
In this Wednesday, May 31, 2017 photo, a youth climbs a flag pole to repair the rope, at his school in Havana, Cuba. With its economy in recession and longstanding oil aid from Venezuela in doubt, the Cuban government appears torn between the need for market-based reforms and the fear of social inequality that would spawn popular dissatisfaction and calls for political change. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2017 file photo, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, right, and first lady Cilia Flores greet supporters upon arrival to a military parade at Fort Tiuna in Caracas, Venezuela. On Thursday, June 1, 2017, Maduro called on his wife and other heavyweights in the ruling socialist party to lead the government's campaign to rewrite the constitution. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2017 file photo, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, right, and first lady Cilia Flores greet supporters upon arrival to a military parade at Fort Tiuna in Caracas, Venezuela. On Thursday, June 1, 2017, Maduro called on his wife and other heavyweights in the ruling socialist party to lead the government's campaign to rewrite the constitution. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
epa06006996 Supporters of the ruling party protest outside the headquarters of the Attorney General's Office, in protest of the actions of Prosecutor Luisa Ortega Díaz, against the National Constituent Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, 02 June 2017. Ortega Díaz reiterated on 01 June, that a National Constituent Assembly can only be convened by the people and that a modification of the constitutional text can not be requested 'without the approval of the people of Venezuela' and asked for a 'clarification' to the Constitutional Chamber of the highest court for this decision.  EPA/CRISTIAN HERNÁNDEZ
epa06006996 Supporters of the ruling party protest outside the headquarters of the Attorney General's Office, in protest of the actions of Prosecutor Luisa Ortega Díaz, against the National Constituent Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, 02 June 2017. Ortega Díaz reiterated on 01 June, that a National Constituent Assembly can only be convened by the people and that a modification of the constitutional text can not be requested 'without the approval of the people of Venezuela' and asked for a 'clarification' to the Constitutional Chamber of the highest court for this decision. EPA/CRISTIAN HERNÁNDEZ ©KEYSTONE
A protester is hit by a jet from a water cannon as security forces block an opposition march against hunger in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, June 3, 2017. In Venezuela, where eating is a daily odyssey for most families, hundreds of Venezuelans were planning a 8-mile run to demand that the government remedy the severe shortages and high costs of basic foods such as milk, cornmeal , Oil, sugar, rice, eggs, among others. The march was suppressed by agents of the National Guard.(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
A protester is hit by a jet from a water cannon as security forces block an opposition march against hunger in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, June 3, 2017. In Venezuela, where eating is a daily odyssey for most families, hundreds of Venezuelans were planning a 8-mile run to demand that the government remedy the severe shortages and high costs of basic foods such as milk, cornmeal , Oil, sugar, rice, eggs, among others. The march was suppressed by agents of the National Guard.(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
A volunteer administers first aid to a demonstrator injured during a march against hunger in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, June 3, 2017. In Venezuela, where eating is a daily odyssey for most families, hundreds of Venezuelans were planning a 8-mile run to demand that the government remedy the severe shortages and high costs of basic foods such as milk, cornmeal , Oil, sugar, rice, eggs, among others. The march was suppressed by agents of the National Guard.(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
A volunteer administers first aid to a demonstrator injured during a march against hunger in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, June 3, 2017. In Venezuela, where eating is a daily odyssey for most families, hundreds of Venezuelans were planning a 8-mile run to demand that the government remedy the severe shortages and high costs of basic foods such as milk, cornmeal , Oil, sugar, rice, eggs, among others. The march was suppressed by agents of the National Guard.(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
Young musicians raise their instruments during a free concert with Violinist Wuilly Arteaga in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, June 4, 2017. To shouts of “Yes, we can” and “We are brothers,” the concert thrilled the crowd of a few hundred with Venezuelan classics like the foot-stomping “Alma Llanera” and “Moliendo Cafe.”  (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
Young musicians raise their instruments during a free concert with Violinist Wuilly Arteaga in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, June 4, 2017. To shouts of “Yes, we can” and “We are brothers,” the concert thrilled the crowd of a few hundred with Venezuelan classics like the foot-stomping “Alma Llanera” and “Moliendo Cafe.” (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
epa06011220 Outlines of the human body and victims' names of the two-month long protests are painted on a street in of Los Palos Grandes, east of Caracas, Venezuela, 04 June 2017. Venezuelans demonstrated in Caracas in favor of peace and against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, while the opposition coalition Mesa de la Unidad Democratica (MUD) called on its supporters to participate on 05 June, in a 'sit-in' on several roads in the country.  EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ
epa06011220 Outlines of the human body and victims' names of the two-month long protests are painted on a street in of Los Palos Grandes, east of Caracas, Venezuela, 04 June 2017. Venezuelans demonstrated in Caracas in favor of peace and against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, while the opposition coalition Mesa de la Unidad Democratica (MUD) called on its supporters to participate on 05 June, in a 'sit-in' on several roads in the country. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ ©KEYSTONE
In this May 6, 2017 photo, holding up his violin, Wuilly Arteaga shouts during an anti-government march in Caracas, Venezuela. Arteaga has become a symbol of peaceful protest largely overshadowed by frequent clashes between rock-throwing youths and heavily armed security forces. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
In this May 6, 2017 photo, holding up his violin, Wuilly Arteaga shouts during an anti-government march in Caracas, Venezuela. Arteaga has become a symbol of peaceful protest largely overshadowed by frequent clashes between rock-throwing youths and heavily armed security forces. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
Anti-government protesters bang on metal as a way to call others to join their 12-hour national sit-in, in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, June 5, 2017. Protesters took to the streets again, shutting down main roads to demand new presidential elections after the release of a video in which jailed Venezuela opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez expressed support for the movement. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Anti-government protesters bang on metal as a way to call others to join their 12-hour national sit-in, in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, June 5, 2017. Protesters took to the streets again, shutting down main roads to demand new presidential elections after the release of a video in which jailed Venezuela opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez expressed support for the movement. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
A woman affected by tear gas, fired by security forces, is carried away during a 12-hour national sit-in, in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, June 5, 2017. Anti-government protesters shut down main roads to demand new presidential elections after the release of a video in which jailed Venezuela opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez expressed support for the movement. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
A woman affected by tear gas, fired by security forces, is carried away during a 12-hour national sit-in, in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, June 5, 2017. Anti-government protesters shut down main roads to demand new presidential elections after the release of a video in which jailed Venezuela opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez expressed support for the movement. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
A woman affected by tear gas, fired by security forces, is carried away by volunteer paramedics known as the "Green Cross" during a 12-hour national sit-in, in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, June 5, 2017. Anti-government protesters shut down main roads to demand new presidential elections after the release of a video in which jailed Venezuela opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez expressed support for the movement. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
A woman affected by tear gas, fired by security forces, is carried away by volunteer paramedics known as the "Green Cross" during a 12-hour national sit-in, in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, June 5, 2017. Anti-government protesters shut down main roads to demand new presidential elections after the release of a video in which jailed Venezuela opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez expressed support for the movement. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
An anti-government protester uses a carpenter's mask to help diminish the affects of tear gas as she attends a 12-hour national sit-in during clashes with security forces in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, June 5, 2017. Anti-government protesters shut down main roads to demand new presidential elections after the release of a video in which jailed Venezuela opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez expressed support for the movement. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
An anti-government protester uses a carpenter's mask to help diminish the affects of tear gas as she attends a 12-hour national sit-in during clashes with security forces in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, June 5, 2017. Anti-government protesters shut down main roads to demand new presidential elections after the release of a video in which jailed Venezuela opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez expressed support for the movement. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
A helmeted anti-government protester attends a 12-hour national sit-in during clashes with security forces in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, June 5, 2017. Anti-government protesters shut down main roads to demand new presidential elections after the release of a video in which jailed Venezuela opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez expressed support for the movement. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
A helmeted anti-government protester attends a 12-hour national sit-in during clashes with security forces in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, June 5, 2017. Anti-government protesters shut down main roads to demand new presidential elections after the release of a video in which jailed Venezuela opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez expressed support for the movement. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
Anti-government protesters attend a 12-hour national sit-in, in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, June 5, 2017. Anti-government protesters shut down main roads to demand new presidential elections after the release of a video in which jailed Venezuela opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez expressed support for the movement. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Anti-government protesters attend a 12-hour national sit-in, in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, June 5, 2017. Anti-government protesters shut down main roads to demand new presidential elections after the release of a video in which jailed Venezuela opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez expressed support for the movement. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
Anti-government protesters hold their hands up as a signal to police not to shoot during a 12-hour national sit-in, in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, June 5, 2017. Anti-government protesters shut down main roads to demand new presidential elections after the release of a video in which jailed Venezuela opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez expressed support for the movement. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Anti-government protesters hold their hands up as a signal to police not to shoot during a 12-hour national sit-in, in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, June 5, 2017. Anti-government protesters shut down main roads to demand new presidential elections after the release of a video in which jailed Venezuela opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez expressed support for the movement. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
Anti-government protesters stand on a bridge covered with the Spanish message "I'm hungry. Bolivarian National Guards Assassins," during a 12-hour national sit-in, in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, June 5, 2017. Anti-government protesters shut down main roads to demand new presidential elections after the release of a video in which jailed Venezuela opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez expressed support for the movement. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Anti-government protesters stand on a bridge covered with the Spanish message "I'm hungry. Bolivarian National Guards Assassins," during a 12-hour national sit-in, in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, June 5, 2017. Anti-government protesters shut down main roads to demand new presidential elections after the release of a video in which jailed Venezuela opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez expressed support for the movement. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
epa06012567 Opposition protesters clash with police in Caracas, Venezuela, 05 June 2017. Authorities used tear gas to disperse the  opposition-led march on a main roadway in Caracas. There have been at least 50 killed and scored injured in violence related protests over the last 60 plus days.  EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ
epa06012567 Opposition protesters clash with police in Caracas, Venezuela, 05 June 2017. Authorities used tear gas to disperse the opposition-led march on a main roadway in Caracas. There have been at least 50 killed and scored injured in violence related protests over the last 60 plus days. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ ©KEYSTONE
epa06012566 An opposition protester throws a tear gas canister back toward police during a clash Caracas, Venezuela, 05 June  2017. Authorities used tear gas to disperse the  opposition-led march on a main roadway in Caracas. There have been at least 50 killed and scored injured in violence related protests over the last 60 plus days.  EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ
epa06012566 An opposition protester throws a tear gas canister back toward police during a clash Caracas, Venezuela, 05 June 2017. Authorities used tear gas to disperse the opposition-led march on a main roadway in Caracas. There have been at least 50 killed and scored injured in violence related protests over the last 60 plus days. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ ©KEYSTONE
epaselect epa06012568 Opposition protesters clash with police in Caracas, Venezuela, 05 June 2017. Authorities used tear gas to disperse the  opposition-led march on a main roadway in Caracas. There have been at least 50 killed and scored injured in violence related protests over the last 60 plus days.  EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ
epaselect epa06012568 Opposition protesters clash with police in Caracas, Venezuela, 05 June 2017. Authorities used tear gas to disperse the opposition-led march on a main roadway in Caracas. There have been at least 50 killed and scored injured in violence related protests over the last 60 plus days. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ ©KEYSTONE
epa06012600 Opposition protesters clash with police in Caracas, Venezuela, 05 June 2017. Authorities used tear gas to disperse the opposition-led march on a main roadway in Caracas. There have been at least 50 killed and scored injured in violence related protests over the last 60 plus days.  EPA/CRISTIAN HERNANDEZ
epa06012600 Opposition protesters clash with police in Caracas, Venezuela, 05 June 2017. Authorities used tear gas to disperse the opposition-led march on a main roadway in Caracas. There have been at least 50 killed and scored injured in violence related protests over the last 60 plus days. EPA/CRISTIAN HERNANDEZ ©KEYSTONE
epa06012609 TV news reporter Venezuela, Mary Triny Mena (L), reacts after her equipment was seized by the Bolivarian National Police (PNB) during a protest of the opposition in Caracas, Venezuela, 05 June 2017.   Authorities used tear gas to disperse the opposition-led march on a main roadway in Caracas. There have been at least 50 killed and scored injured in violence related protests over the last 60 plus days.  EPA/CRISTIAN HERNANDEZ
epa06012609 TV news reporter Venezuela, Mary Triny Mena (L), reacts after her equipment was seized by the Bolivarian National Police (PNB) during a protest of the opposition in Caracas, Venezuela, 05 June 2017. Authorities used tear gas to disperse the opposition-led march on a main roadway in Caracas. There have been at least 50 killed and scored injured in violence related protests over the last 60 plus days. EPA/CRISTIAN HERNANDEZ ©KEYSTONE
epa06012607 A demonstrator participates in a protests in Caracas, Venezuela, 05 June 2017.  Authorities used tear gas to disperse the opposition-led march on a main roadway in Caracas. There have been at least 50 killed and scored injured in violence related protests over the last 60 plus days.  EPA/CRISTIAN HERNANDEZ
epa06012607 A demonstrator participates in a protests in Caracas, Venezuela, 05 June 2017. Authorities used tear gas to disperse the opposition-led march on a main roadway in Caracas. There have been at least 50 killed and scored injured in violence related protests over the last 60 plus days. EPA/CRISTIAN HERNANDEZ ©KEYSTONE
epa06012673 A picture taken with a slow shutter speed shows a bus set on fire during clashes between the police and demonstrators in Caracas, Venezuela, 05 June 2017. Authorities used tear gas to disperse the opposition-led march on a main roadway in Caracas. There have been at least 50 people killed and scores injured in violence during protests over the period of about two months.  EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ
epa06012673 A picture taken with a slow shutter speed shows a bus set on fire during clashes between the police and demonstrators in Caracas, Venezuela, 05 June 2017. Authorities used tear gas to disperse the opposition-led march on a main roadway in Caracas. There have been at least 50 people killed and scores injured in violence during protests over the period of about two months. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ ©KEYSTONE
epa05926042 Protesters clash with police during a demonstration against the Venezuelan government in Caracas, Venezuela, 24 April 2017. Hundreds of Venezuelans in several cities of the country began to gather today for the protest called by the opposition and named 'Venezuela is against the dictatorship' to demonstrate against the government of Nicolas Maduro.  EPA/CRISTIAN HERNANDEZ
epa05926042 Protesters clash with police during a demonstration against the Venezuelan government in Caracas, Venezuela, 24 April 2017. Hundreds of Venezuelans in several cities of the country began to gather today for the protest called by the opposition and named 'Venezuela is against the dictatorship' to demonstrate against the government of Nicolas Maduro. EPA/CRISTIAN HERNANDEZ ©KEYSTONE
An anti-government protester holds a bible in the middle of a cloud of tear gas during a march in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, April 20, 2017. Tens of thousands of protesters flooded the streets again, one day after three people were killed and hundreds arrested in the biggest anti-government demonstrations in years. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
An anti-government protester holds a bible in the middle of a cloud of tear gas during a march in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, April 20, 2017. Tens of thousands of protesters flooded the streets again, one day after three people were killed and hundreds arrested in the biggest anti-government demonstrations in years. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
A woman with her face painted in the colors of Venezuela's national flag takes part in the blockade of a highway in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 24, 2017. Opponents to President Nicolas Maduro shut down main roads around the country as the protest movement against his administration is entering its fourth week. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
A woman with her face painted in the colors of Venezuela's national flag takes part in the blockade of a highway in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 24, 2017. Opponents to President Nicolas Maduro shut down main roads around the country as the protest movement against his administration is entering its fourth week. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
epa05918292 Demonstrators clash with members of the Bolivarian National Police as protests continue in Caracas, Venezuela, 20 April 2017. The Bolivarian National Guard, using tear gas, tried to disperse protests against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.  EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ
epa05918292 Demonstrators clash with members of the Bolivarian National Police as protests continue in Caracas, Venezuela, 20 April 2017. The Bolivarian National Guard, using tear gas, tried to disperse protests against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ ©KEYSTONE
epa05926041 Protesters clash with police during a demonstration against the Venezuelan government in Caracas, Venezuela, 24 April 2017. Hundreds of Venezuelans in several cities of the country began to gather today for the protest called by the opposition and named 'Venezuela is against the dictatorship' to demonstrate against the government of Nicolas Maduro.  EPA/CRISTIAN HERNANDEZ
epa05926041 Protesters clash with police during a demonstration against the Venezuelan government in Caracas, Venezuela, 24 April 2017. Hundreds of Venezuelans in several cities of the country began to gather today for the protest called by the opposition and named 'Venezuela is against the dictatorship' to demonstrate against the government of Nicolas Maduro. EPA/CRISTIAN HERNANDEZ ©KEYSTONE
In this April 19, 2017 photo, an anti-government protesters throws a molotov bomb at security forces in Caracas, Venezuela. Tens of thousands of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro flooded the streets of Caracas in what's been dubbed the "mother of all marches" against the embattled socialist president. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
In this April 19, 2017 photo, an anti-government protesters throws a molotov bomb at security forces in Caracas, Venezuela. Tens of thousands of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro flooded the streets of Caracas in what's been dubbed the "mother of all marches" against the embattled socialist president. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
In this April 20, 2017 photo, a woman is aided by fellow demonstrators after falling, overcome by tear gas, during anti-government protests in Caracas, Venezuela. Tens of thousands of protesters asking for the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro flooded the streets again, one day after three people were killed and hundreds arrested in the biggest anti-government demonstrations in years. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
In this April 20, 2017 photo, a woman is aided by fellow demonstrators after falling, overcome by tear gas, during anti-government protests in Caracas, Venezuela. Tens of thousands of protesters asking for the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro flooded the streets again, one day after three people were killed and hundreds arrested in the biggest anti-government demonstrations in years. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
epa05918538 A naked man stands in front of security officers during a protest in Caracas, Venezuela, 20 April 2017. Groups of hundreds of Venezuelan opposition supporters clashed with security forces in various sectors of Caracas, after several of their attempts to reach the city center were prevented by police with the use of tear gas and rubber pellets.  EPA/STRINGER
epa05918538 A naked man stands in front of security officers during a protest in Caracas, Venezuela, 20 April 2017. Groups of hundreds of Venezuelan opposition supporters clashed with security forces in various sectors of Caracas, after several of their attempts to reach the city center were prevented by police with the use of tear gas and rubber pellets. EPA/STRINGER ©KEYSTONE
An anti-government protester runs with a canister of tear gas fired by police in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, April 20, 2017. Tens of thousands of protesters asking for the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro flooded the streets again Thursday, one day after three people were killed and hundreds arrested in the biggest anti-government demonstrations in years. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
An anti-government protester runs with a canister of tear gas fired by police in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, April 20, 2017. Tens of thousands of protesters asking for the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro flooded the streets again Thursday, one day after three people were killed and hundreds arrested in the biggest anti-government demonstrations in years. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
Anti-government protesters march along a highway in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro called on Venezuelans to take to the streets to march against the embattled socialist leader. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
Anti-government protesters march along a highway in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro called on Venezuelans to take to the streets to march against the embattled socialist leader. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
epa05922321 A woman participates in an opposition march against the Government in Caracas, Venezuela, 22 April 2017. The National Bolivarian Guard allowed the acces of the march to the Episcopal Conference in order to honor the victims of the anti-government protests who died during the last three weeks.  EPA/Miguel Gutierrez
epa05922321 A woman participates in an opposition march against the Government in Caracas, Venezuela, 22 April 2017. The National Bolivarian Guard allowed the acces of the march to the Episcopal Conference in order to honor the victims of the anti-government protests who died during the last three weeks. EPA/Miguel Gutierrez ©KEYSTONE
epaselect epa05925748 The artist Marilu Garcia performs a presentation titled 'Repressed Venezuela; during a demonstration against the Venezuelan government in Caracas, Venezuela, 24 April 2017. Hundreds of Venezuelans in several cities of the country began to gather today for the protest called by the opposition and named 'Venezuela is against the dictatorship' to demonstrate against the government of Nicolas Maduro.  EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ
epaselect epa05925748 The artist Marilu Garcia performs a presentation titled 'Repressed Venezuela; during a demonstration against the Venezuelan government in Caracas, Venezuela, 24 April 2017. Hundreds of Venezuelans in several cities of the country began to gather today for the protest called by the opposition and named 'Venezuela is against the dictatorship' to demonstrate against the government of Nicolas Maduro. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ ©KEYSTONE
A protester carries a white flower during a silent protest in homage to the at least 20 people killed in unrest generated after the nation's Supreme Court stripped congress of its last powers, a decision it later reversed, outside the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, April 22, 2017. Saturday's protest is the latest mass gathering in a wave of tumult that has rocked the nation over the last three weeks as demonstrators continue to press for new elections. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
A protester carries a white flower during a silent protest in homage to the at least 20 people killed in unrest generated after the nation's Supreme Court stripped congress of its last powers, a decision it later reversed, outside the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, April 22, 2017. Saturday's protest is the latest mass gathering in a wave of tumult that has rocked the nation over the last three weeks as demonstrators continue to press for new elections. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
A protester carries a white flower during a silent protest in homage to the at least 20 people killed in unrest generated after the nation's Supreme Court stripped congress of its last powers, a decision it later reversed, during a march to the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, April 22, 2017. Saturday's protest is the latest mass gathering in a wave of tumult that has rocked the nation over the last three weeks as demonstrators continue to press for new elections. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
A protester carries a white flower during a silent protest in homage to the at least 20 people killed in unrest generated after the nation's Supreme Court stripped congress of its last powers, a decision it later reversed, during a march to the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, April 22, 2017. Saturday's protest is the latest mass gathering in a wave of tumult that has rocked the nation over the last three weeks as demonstrators continue to press for new elections. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
epa05920009 A man walks in front of a wall with the image of late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez after demonstrations and clashes in Caracas, Venezuela, 21 April 2017. At least 11 people were killed as looting, riots and clashes between government opponents and the National Police continued in Venezuela.  EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ
epa05920009 A man walks in front of a wall with the image of late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez after demonstrations and clashes in Caracas, Venezuela, 21 April 2017. At least 11 people were killed as looting, riots and clashes between government opponents and the National Police continued in Venezuela. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ ©KEYSTONE
epa05926015 Emergency personnel try to extinguish a burning truck during a demonstration against the Venezuelan government in Caracas, Venezuela, 24 April 2017. Hundreds of Venezuelans in several cities of the country began to gather today for the protest called by the opposition and named 'Venezuela is against the dictatorship' to demonstrate against the government of Nicolas Maduro.  EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ
epa05926015 Emergency personnel try to extinguish a burning truck during a demonstration against the Venezuelan government in Caracas, Venezuela, 24 April 2017. Hundreds of Venezuelans in several cities of the country began to gather today for the protest called by the opposition and named 'Venezuela is against the dictatorship' to demonstrate against the government of Nicolas Maduro. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ ©KEYSTONE
epa05925690 A group of people participate in a demonstration against the Venezuelan government in Caracas, Venezuela, 24 April 2017. Hundreds of Venezuelans in several cities of the country began to gather today for the protest called by the opposition and named 'Venezuela is against the dictatorship'  to demonstrate against the government of Nicolas Maduro.  EPA/CRISTIAN HERN¡NDEZ
epa05925690 A group of people participate in a demonstration against the Venezuelan government in Caracas, Venezuela, 24 April 2017. Hundreds of Venezuelans in several cities of the country began to gather today for the protest called by the opposition and named 'Venezuela is against the dictatorship' to demonstrate against the government of Nicolas Maduro. EPA/CRISTIAN HERN¡NDEZ ©KEYSTONE
epa05924726 Lilian Tintori (L), wife of the opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, and Maria Antonieta de Lopez (R), his mother, participate in a night protest at Los Teques, Venezuela, 23 April 2017. Tintori, during a protest in front of the Ramo Verde prison, where her husband has been imprisoned for three years, said that Lopez has been isolated for a month, banned from visits from his family and lawyers.  EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ
epa05924726 Lilian Tintori (L), wife of the opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, and Maria Antonieta de Lopez (R), his mother, participate in a night protest at Los Teques, Venezuela, 23 April 2017. Tintori, during a protest in front of the Ramo Verde prison, where her husband has been imprisoned for three years, said that Lopez has been isolated for a month, banned from visits from his family and lawyers. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ ©KEYSTONE
Anti-government protesters block a highway in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 24, 2017. Opponents to President Nicolas Maduro shut down main roads around the country as the protest movement against the socialist administration is entering its fourth week. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Anti-government protesters block a highway in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 24, 2017. Opponents to President Nicolas Maduro shut down main roads around the country as the protest movement against the socialist administration is entering its fourth week. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
epa05918429 Demonstrators clash with members of the Bolivarian National Police as protests continue in Caracas, Venezuela, 20 April 2017. The Bolivarian National Police, using tear gas, tried to disperse protests against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.  EPA/Cristian Hernandez
epa05918429 Demonstrators clash with members of the Bolivarian National Police as protests continue in Caracas, Venezuela, 20 April 2017. The Bolivarian National Police, using tear gas, tried to disperse protests against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. EPA/Cristian Hernandez ©KEYSTONE
epa05925789 (L-R) Mitzi Capriles, wife of the Caracas' Mayor Antonio Ledezma; the opposition leader María Corina Machado; Lilian Tintori, wife of the opposition leader Leopoldo López; the mother of López, María Antonieta de López; and Helen Fernández, Mayor in charge of Caracas participate during a demonstration against the Venezuelan government in Caracas, Venezuela, 24 April 2017. Hundreds of Venezuelans in several cities of the country began to gather today for the protest called by the opposition and named 'Venezuela is against the dictatorship' to demonstrate against the government of Nicolas Maduro.  EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ
epa05925789 (L-R) Mitzi Capriles, wife of the Caracas' Mayor Antonio Ledezma; the opposition leader María Corina Machado; Lilian Tintori, wife of the opposition leader Leopoldo López; the mother of López, María Antonieta de López; and Helen Fernández, Mayor in charge of Caracas participate during a demonstration against the Venezuelan government in Caracas, Venezuela, 24 April 2017. Hundreds of Venezuelans in several cities of the country began to gather today for the protest called by the opposition and named 'Venezuela is against the dictatorship' to demonstrate against the government of Nicolas Maduro. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ ©KEYSTONE
epa05925788 A group of people participate in a demonstration against the Venezuelan government in Caracas, Venezuela, 24 April 2017. Hundreds of Venezuelans in several cities of the country began to gather today for the protest called by the opposition and named 'Venezuela is against the dictatorship' to demonstrate against the government of Nicolas Maduro.  EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ
epa05925788 A group of people participate in a demonstration against the Venezuelan government in Caracas, Venezuela, 24 April 2017. Hundreds of Venezuelans in several cities of the country began to gather today for the protest called by the opposition and named 'Venezuela is against the dictatorship' to demonstrate against the government of Nicolas Maduro. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ ©KEYSTONE
A woman yells at security forces blocking one of the routes for a silent protest in homage to the at least 20 people killed in unrest generated after the nation's Supreme Court stripped congress of its last powers, a decision it later reversed, at the start of a march to the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, April 22, 2017. Saturday's protest is the latest mass gathering in a wave of tumult that has rocked the nation over the last three weeks as demonstrators continue to press for new elections. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
A woman yells at security forces blocking one of the routes for a silent protest in homage to the at least 20 people killed in unrest generated after the nation's Supreme Court stripped congress of its last powers, a decision it later reversed, at the start of a march to the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, April 22, 2017. Saturday's protest is the latest mass gathering in a wave of tumult that has rocked the nation over the last three weeks as demonstrators continue to press for new elections. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
epa05926018 People extend a cable to block a road during a demonstration against the Venezuelan government in Caracas, Venezuela, 24 April 2017. Hundreds of Venezuelans in several cities of the country began to gather today for the protest called by the opposition and named 'Venezuela is against the dictatorship' to demonstrate against the government of Nicolas Maduro.  EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ
epa05926018 People extend a cable to block a road during a demonstration against the Venezuelan government in Caracas, Venezuela, 24 April 2017. Hundreds of Venezuelans in several cities of the country began to gather today for the protest called by the opposition and named 'Venezuela is against the dictatorship' to demonstrate against the government of Nicolas Maduro. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ ©KEYSTONE
In this April 19, 2017 photo, a youth aims his sling during anti-government protests in Caracas, Venezuela. Tens of thousands of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro flooded the streets of Caracas in what's been dubbed the "mother of all marches" against the embattled president. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
In this April 19, 2017 photo, a youth aims his sling during anti-government protests in Caracas, Venezuela. Tens of thousands of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro flooded the streets of Caracas in what's been dubbed the "mother of all marches" against the embattled president. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
A woman is aided by a fellow anti-government protester after an injury during clashes with security forces in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, April 20, 2017. Tens of thousands of protesters flooded the streets again Thursday, one day after three people were killed and hundreds arrested in the biggest anti-government demonstrations in years. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
A woman is aided by a fellow anti-government protester after an injury during clashes with security forces in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, April 20, 2017. Tens of thousands of protesters flooded the streets again Thursday, one day after three people were killed and hundreds arrested in the biggest anti-government demonstrations in years. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
epa05918293 Members of the Bolivarian National Police clash with demonstrators as protests continue in Caracas, Venezuela, 20 April 2017. The Bolivarian National Guard, using tear gas, tried to disperse protests against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.  EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ
epa05918293 Members of the Bolivarian National Police clash with demonstrators as protests continue in Caracas, Venezuela, 20 April 2017. The Bolivarian National Guard, using tear gas, tried to disperse protests against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ ©KEYSTONE
epaselect epa05918424 Demonstrators clash with members of the Bolivarian National Police as protests continue in Caracas, Venezuela, 20 April 2017. The Bolivarian National Police, using tear gas, tried to disperse protests against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.  EPA/Cristian Hernandez
epaselect epa05918424 Demonstrators clash with members of the Bolivarian National Police as protests continue in Caracas, Venezuela, 20 April 2017. The Bolivarian National Police, using tear gas, tried to disperse protests against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. EPA/Cristian Hernandez ©KEYSTONE
epa05919982 A group of people stand on top of a destroyed car after demonstrations and clashes in Caracas, Venezuela, 21 April 2017. At least 11 people were killed as looting, riots and clashes between government opponents and the National Police continued in Venezuela.  EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ
epa05919982 A group of people stand on top of a destroyed car after demonstrations and clashes in Caracas, Venezuela, 21 April 2017. At least 11 people were killed as looting, riots and clashes between government opponents and the National Police continued in Venezuela. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ ©KEYSTONE
Police officers chase anti-governement protesters during a march in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, April 20, 2017. Tens of thousands of protesters asking for the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro flooded the streets again, one day after three people were killed and hundreds arrested in the biggest anti-government demonstrations in years. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Police officers chase anti-governement protesters during a march in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, April 20, 2017. Tens of thousands of protesters asking for the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro flooded the streets again, one day after three people were killed and hundreds arrested in the biggest anti-government demonstrations in years. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
epa05919990 A group of people gather to look at damage on the street after demonstrations and clashes in Caracas, Venezuela, 21 April 2017. At least 11 people were killed as looting, riots and clashes between government opponents and the National Police continued in Venezuela.  EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ
epa05919990 A group of people gather to look at damage on the street after demonstrations and clashes in Caracas, Venezuela, 21 April 2017. At least 11 people were killed as looting, riots and clashes between government opponents and the National Police continued in Venezuela. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ ©KEYSTONE
epa05920013 A man walks down the aisle of a destroyed grocery store in Caracas, Venezuela, 21 April 2017. At least 11 people were killed as looting, riots and clashes between government opponents and the National Police continued in Venezuela.  EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ
epa05920013 A man walks down the aisle of a destroyed grocery store in Caracas, Venezuela, 21 April 2017. At least 11 people were killed as looting, riots and clashes between government opponents and the National Police continued in Venezuela. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ ©KEYSTONE
Anti-government demonstrators take cover from advancing Bolivarian Police officers during protests in Caracas, Venezuela, on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro called on Venezuelans to take to the streets in marched against the embattled socialist leader. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
Anti-government demonstrators take cover from advancing Bolivarian Police officers during protests in Caracas, Venezuela, on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro called on Venezuelans to take to the streets in marched against the embattled socialist leader. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
epa05921989 Demonstrators rally to urge for peace and solidarity in Venezuela, during a peace rally in Praca do Municipio, Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal, 22 April 2017. Weeks of anti-government protests in Venezuela have left at least 22 people dead.  EPA/GREGORIO CUNHA
epa05921989 Demonstrators rally to urge for peace and solidarity in Venezuela, during a peace rally in Praca do Municipio, Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal, 22 April 2017. Weeks of anti-government protests in Venezuela have left at least 22 people dead. EPA/GREGORIO CUNHA ©KEYSTONE
Protesters hold up white flowers during a silent protest in homage to the at least 20 people killed in unrest generated after the nation's Supreme Court stripped congress of its last powers, a decision it later reversed, outside the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, April 22, 2017. Saturday's protest is the latest mass gathering in a wave of tumult that has rocked the nation over the last three weeks as demonstrators continue to press for new elections. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Protesters hold up white flowers during a silent protest in homage to the at least 20 people killed in unrest generated after the nation's Supreme Court stripped congress of its last powers, a decision it later reversed, outside the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, April 22, 2017. Saturday's protest is the latest mass gathering in a wave of tumult that has rocked the nation over the last three weeks as demonstrators continue to press for new elections. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
Supporters of opposition leader Henrique Capriles cheer him during a protest in homage to the at least 20 people killed in unrest generated after the nation's Supreme Court stripped congress of its last powers, a decision it later reversed, outside the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, April 22, 2017. Saturday's protest is the latest mass gathering in a wave of tumult that has rocked the nation over the last three weeks as demonstrators continue to press for new elections. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Supporters of opposition leader Henrique Capriles cheer him during a protest in homage to the at least 20 people killed in unrest generated after the nation's Supreme Court stripped congress of its last powers, a decision it later reversed, outside the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, April 22, 2017. Saturday's protest is the latest mass gathering in a wave of tumult that has rocked the nation over the last three weeks as demonstrators continue to press for new elections. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
A woman marches during a protest in homage to the at least 20 people killed in unrest generated after the nation's Supreme Court stripped congress of its last powers, a decision it later reversed, in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, April 22, 2017. Saturday's protest is the latest mass gathering in a wave of tumult that has rocked the nation over the last three weeks as demonstrators continue to press for new elections. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
A woman marches during a protest in homage to the at least 20 people killed in unrest generated after the nation's Supreme Court stripped congress of its last powers, a decision it later reversed, in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, April 22, 2017. Saturday's protest is the latest mass gathering in a wave of tumult that has rocked the nation over the last three weeks as demonstrators continue to press for new elections. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
People protest in homage to the at least 20 people killed in unrest generated after the nation's Supreme Court stripped congress of its last powers, a decision it later reversed, during a silent march to the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, April 22, 2017. Saturday's protest is the latest mass gathering in a wave of tumult that has rocked the nation over the last three weeks as demonstrators continue to press for new elections. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
People protest in homage to the at least 20 people killed in unrest generated after the nation's Supreme Court stripped congress of its last powers, a decision it later reversed, during a silent march to the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, April 22, 2017. Saturday's protest is the latest mass gathering in a wave of tumult that has rocked the nation over the last three weeks as demonstrators continue to press for new elections. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
epa05922316 A view of an opposition march against the Government in Caracas, Venezuela, 22 April 2017. The National Bolivarian Guard allowed the acces of the march to the Episcopal Conference in order to honor the victims of the anti-government protests who died during the last three weeks.  EPA/Miguel Gutierrez
epa05922316 A view of an opposition march against the Government in Caracas, Venezuela, 22 April 2017. The National Bolivarian Guard allowed the acces of the march to the Episcopal Conference in order to honor the victims of the anti-government protests who died during the last three weeks. EPA/Miguel Gutierrez ©KEYSTONE
A woman holds up a sign with a message that reads in Spanish: "Out Maduro" standing in the middle of a road during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 24, 2017. Weeks of anti-government unrest have claimed another victim as Venezuela's opposition prepares for another mass protest. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
A woman holds up a sign with a message that reads in Spanish: "Out Maduro" standing in the middle of a road during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 24, 2017. Weeks of anti-government unrest have claimed another victim as Venezuela's opposition prepares for another mass protest. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
A police officer, center, is loaded onto a motorcycle by fellow officers after he was wounded during clashes with anti-government protesters in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, April 20, 2017. Venezuela's opposition looks to keep up pressure on President Nicolas Maduro, taking to the streets again one day after three people were killed and hundreds arrested in the biggest anti-government demonstrations in years. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
A police officer, center, is loaded onto a motorcycle by fellow officers after he was wounded during clashes with anti-government protesters in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, April 20, 2017. Venezuela's opposition looks to keep up pressure on President Nicolas Maduro, taking to the streets again one day after three people were killed and hundreds arrested in the biggest anti-government demonstrations in years. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
epa05918426 Demonstrators clash with members of the Bolivarian National Police as protests continue in Caracas, Venezuela, 20 April 2017. The Bolivarian National Police, using tear gas, tried to disperse protests against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.  EPA/Cristian Hernandez
epa05918426 Demonstrators clash with members of the Bolivarian National Police as protests continue in Caracas, Venezuela, 20 April 2017. The Bolivarian National Police, using tear gas, tried to disperse protests against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. EPA/Cristian Hernandez ©KEYSTONE
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