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Pope Francis sent an envoy to Caracas to mediate talks between the opposition and the government in 2016. There were no other details immediately available.

Several other global institutions have also issued communications in reference to the ongoing protests and Wednesday's planned demonstrations.

Jorban Contreras, a paramedic and director of the civil protection unit in Tachira, said the woman lost a lot of blood and was already dead from a gunshot wound to her chest when he arrived.

Tens of thousands of protesters attended the march in Caracas, where one teenager was killed.

Demonstrators are converging from 26 different points spread across the capital to attempt to march downtown to the Ombudsman's office. "But it's hard because when government supporters see you with a camera they send motorcycles to try and grab it from you", he added.

Venezuela has been hit by violent demonstrations sparked by the Supreme Court's ruling to annul the legislature.

The president's foes are calling for new elections, the release of political prisoners and an end to autocratic abuses of Venezuelan institutions. The next biggest figure, Henrique Capriles, the current governor of Miranda and Maduro's challenger in 2013, learned on April 7 that the government had declared him ineligible to run in elections for the next 15 years.

Opposition marchers included Liliana Machuca, who earns about $20 a month holding two jobs teaching literature. Her face was covered in a white substance to protect herself from the noxious effects of what she expected would be another day of dodging tear gas canisters.

"This is like a chess game and each side is moving whatever pieces they can...."

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"We have to protest because this country is dying of hunger said Alexis Mendoza, a 53-year-old administrator marching in the Caracas neighbourhood of El Paraiso".

Deputies of the Venezuelan coalition of opposition parties (MUD), clash with Venezuelan National Guards during a protest outside the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) in Caracas, Venezuela, March 30, 2017.

"All military police and civil structures of the state of Venezuela are activated in Plan Zamora which, in the initial Green phase will defend internal order and defend peace, and defeat the coup called by Washington and by the National Assembly President Julio Borges". Empty supermarket shelves and rocketing unemployment levels had led the people of Venezuela out onto the streets of Caracas to call for a positive democratic reaction. Today's protests unfolded amid explosive tensions, in a country where security forces have brutally repressed anti-government demonstrations, sometimes in collaboration with armed pro-government groups.

Maduro on Tuesday activated the "Zamora Plan" - a military, police and civilian operation aimed at combatting a supposed coup attempt - which the president says is being orchestrated by Venezuela's opposition and the United States.

Capriles is among the leaders organizing Wednesday's "Mother of All Protests", meant to bring together the anti-socialist opposition throughout the country to demand Maduro step down.

Foreign governments are also warning about the increasingly bellicose rhetoric and repressive stance of the government.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday he's concerned that Maduro's government is violating its own constitution and that he's watching the situation closely.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the USA is "concerned that the government of Maduro is violating its own constitution and is not allowing the opposition to. organize in a way that expresses the views of the Venezuelan people".

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