US House condemns Venezuela's deadly crackdown
The House of Representatives voiced near-unanimous condemnation of Venezuela's government and its "inexcusable" deadly crackdown on opposition leaders and protesters.
The chamber passed a resolution blasting President Nicolas Maduro's forces for their oppressive tactics in some of the most serious South American unrest in years.
At least 18 people have died and more than 260 injured since protests erupted on February 4.
Congress "deplores acts which constitute a disregard for the rule of law, the inexcusable violence perpetrated against opposition leaders and protesters in Venezuela, and the growing efforts to use politically motivated criminal charges to intimidate the country's political opposition," the non-binding resolution states.
It also urges other governments and organizations in the region to stand in solidarity with the protesters and help bring about a dialogue to end the crisis.
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