Venezuelans press for elections as protests enter fourth week

Many Venezuelans blame the socialist policies of President Nicolas Maduro's administration for triple-digit inflation and widespread shortages of food and medical supplies.

Twelve people have been killed in a renewed wave of demonstrations this month in incidents primarily involving security forces or armed civilians.

On Saturday, Venezuelans took to the streets - many dressed in white - to pay tribute to those have died during weeks of bloody street protests.

Opposition legislator Henry Ramos Allup told reporters on Saturday, April 22nd, that there will likely be "potential victims" in demonstrations against the Maduro government in coming days.

Facing exhortations from around the world to allow Venezuelans to vote, Maduro has called for local state elections - delayed from previous year - to be held soon.But Cabello said opposition parties could be barred from competing.

"Elections - yes, I want elections now", said Maduro, referring to local elections, "That is what I say as the head of state, and as the head of government". NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Chris Bury reports from Missouri. candidates vie for the French presidencyOn Sunday, France is set to hold a presidential election to replace outgoing socialist President Fran├žois Hollande, who chose not to run for reelection.

The government and the opposition have accused each other of fomenting the deadly violence that has also seen hundreds of people detained or wounded and businesses looted.

Interior Minister Nestor Reverol called her "another victim of the Terrorist Right, which is full of hatred".

There were a few minor scuffles in the eastern Caracas, with riot police using tear gas against masked protesters who threw rocks.

"We will not rest until we capture those responsible for this repugnant crime", he added.

The opposition have vowed to continue protesting until Maduro meets their demands, including releasing 100 political prisoners and respecting the autonomy of the Congress, which the opposition controls.

At least 10 people have also died during night-time looting.

But opposition leaders are rejecting calls for dialogue and demanding the immediate scheduling of elections. The opposition said the TSJ's move was akin to a coup d'etat in favor of Maduro's regime.

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