Eight Latin American nations have denounced what they call “excessive use of force” by Venezuelan authorities.
Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Paraguay – condemned the increasing violence in the oil-producing nation and urged the Venezuelan government to respect the human rights of its citizens.
Nearly 40 people have died and hundreds either injured or arrested after a wave of violence in the country.
Earlier this week, a police armoured vehicle was caught on camera ploughing into a group of protesters. It is believed at least one person got stuck underneath and is severely injured.
Fueled by chronic shortages of basic goods, the anti-government unrest began in late March and has been further energized by President Maduro’s attempt to rewrite the constitution.
Meanwhile, despite the release of a so-called ‘proof of life’ video, the wife and supporters of Venezuela’s jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez continue to wait for news amid on-going rumours he is in a critical condition at a Caracas military hospital.
Lopez’s wife, who has not been able to see her husband for a month, has said the only proof of life she will accept is to see her husband.