At least two people were killed in renewed clashes between police and protesters in Venezuela, where a 48-hour strike called for by the opposition is taking place.
Authorities said a 30-year-old man was killed in the mountainous state of Merida, and prosecutors reported that a 16-year-old boy had also died on Wednesday.
The latest casualties bring to 105 the number of people killed in four months of violent protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro.
Thousands of Venezuelans are rallying against President Nicolas Maduro’s regime, and now the United States is joining them.Hours after a national strike gripped Venezuela, the US Treasury Department announced it is slapping sanctions against 13 current or former Venezuelan government officials on Wednesday
“As President Trump has made clear, the United States will not ignore the Maduro regime’s ongoing efforts to undermine democracy, freedom, and the rule of law,” Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said in a statement.
Highways were mostly empty and businesses shuttered across the country as millions of people observed the protest.
Activists threw up roadblocks in many neighborhoods to keep others from getting to work, but the protest soon turned violent.
The strike came as the United States announced sanctions on 13 senior Venezuelan officials.
The US Treasury Department issued the punishing measures, saying the “flawed” election process would undermine democracy.