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20 May 2017, 09:24 | Terri Saunders
Students run from tear gas fired by National Police outside the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas Thursday
Jaua, also minister of Education, said that given the vandalism and terrorism triggered in the recent weeks by groups encouraged by the opposition, the Government called for a Constituent Assembly on legitimate basis to improve the work of the State in all sectors with the participation of the people.
Thousands of women took over streets in major cities all around the South American country.
Venezuela's opposition says Maduro has become a dictator and wrecked the economy, as the country faces years of economic recession as well as widespread food and medicine scarce.
With anger boiling over, young protesters in the western municipality of Rosario de Perija on Friday burned, pulled down and then smashed a statue of Chavez, shown in a video posted on social media.
Freddy Guevara, the legislature's first vice president, was whisked away by fellow protesters after apparently being struck in the foot by a tear gas canister.
However, senior opposition leader Henrique Capriles said on Friday that 85 mid-ranking army officers have been detained for opposing moves to crack down on protesters. Two people died when a vehicle tried to avoid a protester barricade in the state of Carabobo, Venezuela's Civil Protection agency tweeted late on Tuesday.
"They discussed the ongoing crisis in Venezuela and the need for the government to adhere to the Venezuelan Constitution, release political prisoners, respect the National Assembly, and hold free and democratic elections", the readout said.
Looting broke out for a second straight night in the northern city of Valencia.
In Caracas, marchers sang the national anthem and shouted "We want elections!"
It says Maduro's use of a "constituent assembly" is a cynical ploy to confuse citizens into thinking he has made concessions when in fact he is seeking to tweak the system to avoid elections the Socialist Party would likely lose.
Maduro's opponents called for women to march on Saturday dressed in white, a traditional show of defiance against what they brand a repressive government.
"We are out here pushing for justice against those who are encouraging hatred and rage", she said, warning, "they are trying to set the stage for civil war".
"Sooner or later, the Venezuelan people will make you pay", he wrote.
In the capital of Caracas, the "Women´s March Against Repression" was led by Lilian Tintori, the wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, as demonstrators carried flowers, banners and chanted: "Who are we?" Over the course of the previous year, Venezuela was suspended from MERCOSUR, a regional trade bloc, and many Latin American officials-particularly in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru-began to forcefully criticize Maduro for the first time.
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Sharapova won the next two games and although McHale broke back to make it 5-2, Sharapova took the next game to clinch victory. McHale seized on her opponent's wayward start and forged ahead against the serve when Sharapova sent a forehand long.