‘We will exercise our right to protest every say until it is no longer necessary’

Venezuelans are planning to defy a government ban on public demonstrations and risk deadly repression with marches across the country to protest a vote Sunday that opposition forces say will mark an end of the country’s democracy.

At least four people have been killed so far this week since the opposition called a two-day strike, adding to the toll of more than 100 dead in a wave of unrest which began in April. The government’s ban on protests – and the opposition’s defiance – only heightened the risk of further violence, as more than 370,000 troops were sent out across the country.

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