In a month of chaos in Venezuela since the opposition launched protests against socialist President Nicolas Maduro, 13 people have died in violence around demonstrations and another 11 in night-time lootings, according to authorities.
Venezuelan riot police fired tear gas Wednesday to stop anti-government protesters from marching on central Caracas, the latest clash in a wave of unrest that has left 26 people dead.
Amidst increasing worldwide pressure from the Organization of American States (OAS) and escalating civilian conflict against the state, the socialist government of Nicolas Maduro has now threatened to exit from the OAS if the group holds a meeting regarding Venezuela without the country's consent.
The opposition accuses the government of using the security forces to repress peaceful protests, and of sending gun-toting thugs to attack them.
The number of death tolls and injuries continues to rise amid the political protests in Venezuela against President Nicolas Maduro's social government. We have to stay in the street until there is change.
The opposition's main demands center around elections and the Supreme Court's decision to take over the opposition-dominated National Assembly, but also fueled by the failing economy in the oil-rich nation of 30 million people.
Political activists and Venezuelan media have reported more deaths, but those have not been confirmed.
Trying to keep the pressure on Maduro, the opposition Democratic Unity coalition is planning a march on Wednesday towards downtown Caracas. OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro has called on the group to suspend Venezuela for breaking the constitutional order, but he has so far been unable to rally two-thirds support among the group's 35 members to carry out such a threat.
Last night Delcy Rodriguez, the Venezuelan foreign minister, told state television that she had been instructed by President Maduro to initiate Venezuela's withdrawal if the talks go ahead. Venezuela's economy is nearly entirely based on oil revenues, which have been hit by the crash in oil prices that began in 2014.
Immediately, Congressman Opposition leader of the Popular Will party Freddy Guevara tweeted: "Regime on the ropes: no regional elections, militia, dialogue, coup, constituent and now exiting the OAS ..."
The unrest shows no sign of slowing down.