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Venezuela faces mounting int'l pressure

Published:Friday | June 24, 2016 | 12:00 AM


The Organization of American States is meeting to discuss what the secretary general calls serious abuses of democracy in Venezuela as international pressure mounts on the socialist country amid a deepening political and economic crisis.

The regional body met yesterday to receive a report from Secretary General Luis Almgaro denouncing violations of the country's constitution.

Top United States diplomat Thomas Shannon travelled to Caracas to meet with Maduro on Wednesday. Former Spanish Prime Minister JosÈ Luis Rodriguez Zapatero earlier this month attempted to mediate between the government and its opposition.

But Maduro is doubling down on his existing approach to the opposition and denouncing any country he believes is meddling in his country's affairs.

The government brought charges against two more opposition activists this week.