OAS plans emer­gency ses­sion Wed­nes­day on po­lit­i­cal cri­sis

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The Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Amer­i­can States said it will hold an ex­tra­or­di­nary ses­sion Wed­nes­day in Washington with for­eign min­is­ters to an­a­lyze the wors­en­ing sit­u­a­tion in Venezuela.

The gath­er­ing fol­lows the most in­tense protests in eco­nom­i­cally strug­gling Venezuela since a wave of antigov­ern­ment demon­stra­tions in 2014. Street protests be­gan nearly a month ago over a Supreme Court de­ci­sion that briefly negated the pow­ers of the op­po­si­tion-con­trolled Congress. OAS Secretary-Gen­eral Luis Al­ma­gro says Venezuela has “de­te­ri­o­rated into a fullscale dic­ta­tor­ship” and the OAS should con­sider sus­pend­ing Venezuela.

In Cara­cas, Venezuela’s chief pros­e­cu­tor on Tues­day de­nounced the wave of un­rest that has re­sulted in 26 deaths, more than 400 people in­jured and nearly 1,300 de­tained.

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