Relatives of US Embassy staff ordered to leave Venezuela

5 Killed in Violence during Venezuelan Opposition's General Strike against Maduro Regime

The opposition vowed to protest through the weekend, raising the spectre of further violence given that the government has banned protests from Friday to Tuesday.

There were fewer protesters on Friday than during a two-day national strike this week.

"The dire economic crisis that Venezuela is facing - with rampant shortages of food, medicine and other basic goods - is a major factor contributing to the country's current political instability", Alexander Main, a senior associate for worldwide policy at the Center for Economic Policy and Research, told ABC News via email.

Troops were sent throughout the country to secure preparations for Sunday's vote, Adm. Remigio Ceballos said.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) and his wife Cilia Flores are seen making fists during an act of the Government in Caracas, Venezuela, 27 July 2017. "And that card is the National Constituent Assembly", he said.

Although both decisions were overturned within days, opposition leaders continue to lead the protests aimed at toppling President Nicolas Maduro, removing the members of the Supreme Court, restoration of local and regional elections, and release of political prisoners.

Alessandra Polga, director of the Canadian Venezuelan Engagement Foundation in Toronto, said Canada must join the U.S.in sanctioning Venezuelan officials.

Cilia Flores, Maduro's wife and a candidate for the new assembly, has said the new pro-Maduro members will install a separate justice commission "to determine those responsible for these awful damages", including politicians who she says has promoted violence.

The President has urged the Opposition to begin talks with his government.

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There has been widespread global condemnation of Maduro's Constituent Assembly plan.

Human rights organizers said another activist, a 23-year-old violinist famous for playing at anti-government protests, had been arrested in Caracas.

He also denounced the alliance between Trump and factors of the Venezuelan opposition who have been inciting violence in some areas of the country since April and has resulted in the death of dozens and the destruction of public and private property.

Some employees said they would vote on Sunday to avoid the fate of those fired after a government lawmaker published a list of Venezuelans who signed a petition demanding a recall referendum against Chavez. Avianca officials said they were chartering planes to fly stranded passengers out of Venezuela.

As of Friday, at least 113 people have died in protests and other incidents linked to the unrest, the attorney general's office has said, often without elaborating on who was responsible for their deaths. "We insist on a peaceful solution for the country's situationŲŒ" said President Santos.

Maduro's critics were planning to pile more pressure on the unpopular leftist leader by holding roadblocks across the nation dubbed "The Takeover of Venezuela" on Friday.

In the eastern neighborhood of Bello Monte, the site of fierce battles with police in recent days, a 54-year-old shop owner named Ricardo watched masked adolescents block a road with dumpsters as a soot-smeared, emaciated man picked through their contents for bits of food.

Some families were leaving Venezuela ahead of the Sunday vote for a controversial legislative superbody, which will have the power to rewrite the constitution and dissolve state institutions.

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