Crisis in Venezuela

Updated 9:19 AM ET, Mon August 7, 2017
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A costumed demonstrator in Caracas, Venezuela, protests the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday, August 6. Unrest continued to sweep through the country after a new legislative assembly was inaugurated following a controversial election on July 30. The new assembly has wide-ranging powers and is expected to rewrite the Venezuelan constitution at Maduro's behest. Opposition supporters, who see the vote as a power grab and an erosion of democracy, boycotted and staged demonstrations against the vote. Wil Riera/AP
Soldiers stop a vehicle and detain its passengers on the Paramacay military base in Valencia, Venezuela, on August 6. According to authorities, two people were killed when an anti-government paramilitary attack was quelled at the base. Juan Carlos Hernandez/AP
Anti-government activists stand near a flaming barricade in Valencia on August 6. RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
A man is arrested in Valencia during clashes between anti-government activists and the National Guard on August 6. RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the Venezuelan armed forces fly over Valencia in a helicopter while citizens demonstrate in support of a group that staged a paramilitary uprising at the Paramacay military base on August 6. STR/EFE/EPA
Venezuela's Chief Prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz, third from left, is surrounded by employees of the General Prosecutor's office as she is barred by security forces from entering her office in Caracas on Saturday, August 5. Wil Riera/AP
Diosdado Cabello, a member of Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly, holds an image of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez as delegates gather for a group photo following their swearing-in ceremony on Friday, August 4. Ariana Cubillos/AP
Opposition activists protest against the newly inaugurated National Constituent Assembly on August 4. RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
A woman in Caracas attends a vigil Monday, July 31, for anti-government activists who have died in the country's recent unrest. More than 120 people have been killed in Venezuela since early April, according to the attorney general's office. RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
Opposition lawmaker Juan Requesens addresses a rally in Caracas on July 31. Two other leading opposition figures, Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma, were rounded up from their homes, according to their families. MIGUEL GUTIERREZ/Newscom/EFE
Maduro celebrates the results of a national vote on Sunday, July 30. His opponents boycotted the election and demonstrated against it for weeks, saying he orchestrated it to get around the existing National Assembly, which the opposition has controlled since 2015. Maduro has argued that the Constituent Assembly will help bring peace to a polarized country, with all branches of the government falling under the political movement founded by his late mentor and predecessor, Hugo Chavez. RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
Members of Venezuela's national police are caught in an explosion as they ride motorcycles near Altamira Square in Caracas on July 30. Venezuela has seen widespread unrest since March 29, when the Supreme Court dissolved Parliament and transferred all legislative powers to itself. The decision was later reversed, but protests have continued across the country, which is also in the midst of an economic crisis. MIGUEL GUTIERREZ/EFE/EPA
A wounded anti-government demonstrator is helped by medics during clashes with police in Caracas on July 30. RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
A demonstrator shouts slogans through a traffic cone during an anti-government protest in Caracas on July 30. Carlos Becerra/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A protester wounded by a pellet gun receives attention July 30 during a demonstration against the vote for a Constituent Assembly. CRISTIAN HERNANDEZ/EFE/EPA
A member of the National Guard fires at protesters during clashes in Caracas on Friday, July 28. Carlos Becerra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
A demonstrator dressed as Venezuelan independence hero Simon Bolivar is silhouetted against a national flag in Caracas on Monday, July 24. Fernando Llano/AP
Venezuelan police Officer Oscar Perez joins in an anti-government protest in Caracas on Thursday, July 13. Perez allegedly piloted a stolen police helicopter used to attack the Venezuelan Supreme Court with grenades on June 27. INAKI ZUGASTI/AFP/Getty Images
Venezuelan lawmakers Luis Stefanelli, left, and Jose Regnault appear stunned in a corridor of the National Assembly after a clash with demonstrators in Caracas on Wednesday, July 5. Supporters of Maduro stormed the building and attacked opposition lawmakers, witnesses said. At least seven legislative employees and five lawmakers were injured, according to National Assembly President Julio Borges. Journalists said they were also assaulted. MIGUEL GUTIERREZ/EPA
National Guard members clash with deputies of the National Assembly in the Parliament's courtyard in Caracas on Tuesday, June 27. STRINGER/EFE/EPA
A boy runs under a national flag during a June 27 protest in Caracas. JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
Protesters tear down a fence at the La Carlota airbase outside Caracas on Friday, June 23. A soldier shot a demonstrator through the fence at the base on the previous day, killing him. Ariana Cubillos/AP
Protester David Jose Vallenilla is shot through a fence by a member of the National Guard near a military base in Caracas on Thursday, June 22. Vallenilla later died in the hospital after suffering three gunshot wounds to the chest. Miguel Gutiérrez/Newscom/EFE/Newscom
Maduro holds up a copy of the Venezuelan constitution during a news conference at the presidential palace in Caracas on June 22. Maduro has called for changes to the constitution amid the unrest. FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images
A protester hides behind a barrier in Caracas on June 22. MIGUEL GUTIERREZ/EFE/EPA
An opposition activist displays bullet shells during an anti-government demonstration on Monday, June 19. FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images
People flee during a clash between opposition demonstrators and riot police in Caracas on June 19. FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images
Opposition activists aim projectiles toward riot police during a demonstration on June 19. FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators stand in front of a police vehicle on June 19. JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
A street in eastern Caracas is painted with the names of people killed during more than two months of protests. LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images
During a "Grandparents' March" in Caracas, a man is blocked by police from reaching the Government Ombudsman's Office on Friday, May 12. Ariana Cubillos/AP
Opposition activists scuffle with riot police in Caracas on May 12. JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
Thousands of Venezuelan protesters march on a Caracas highway on Wednesday, May 10. FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images
Opposition activists clash with riot police in Caracas on Monday, May 8. FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images
An armored National Guard vehicle runs over a protester in Caracas on Wednesday, May 3. The protester, 22-year-old Pedro Michell Yaminne, survived, his mother told CNN. Interior and justice minister Nestor Reverol told reporters that the "lamentable" incident was under investigation. He said that moments before Yaminne was run over, demonstrators hurled a Molotov cocktail at the armored vehicle, opened the side door and "brutally assaulted" the driver. FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images
A demonstrator catches fire during protests in Caracas on May 3. It happened as protesters clashed with police and the gas tank of a police motorcycle exploded. Other photos from the scene showed the man being attended for burns to his body. JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
A demonstrator stands in front of an armored vehicle during protests in Caracas on Wednesday, April 19. JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
Opposition leader Henrique Capriles reacts to tear gas during a protest on April 19. RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
Riot police clash with demonstrators while tear gas fills the air in Caracas on April 19. JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
Rescue workers tend to a demonstrator hit by a tear gas canister during anti-government protests on April 19. Fernando Llano/AP
A demonstrator reacts during a march in Caracas on Saturday, April 15. JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
A protester suffering from the effects of tear gas is carried away on Thursday, April 13. Fernando Llano/AP
Clouds of tear gas spread across a highway in Caracas during clashes on Monday, April 10. Fernando Llano/AP
Demonstrators help a journalist whose leg was injured while covering clashes in Caracas on April 10. Ariana Cubillos/AP
Thousands of demonstrators protest against Maduro in Caracas on Saturday, April 8. CARLOS BECERRA/AFP/Getty Images
Venezuelan police line up before clashing with opposition activists on Thursday, April 6. JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators fight with national police officers in Caracas on Tuesday, April 4. Fernando Llano/AP