The national strike and protest was against the privatization of public companies and a forthcoming deal with the International Monetary Fund. The protesters also rejected the massive layoffs, as well as the increase in fuel prices
The government announced a 20% increase in the price of extra premium petrol and diesel, as well as a discontinuation of over 25,000 public services in health, education and employment
New restrictions have been imposed on Assange who is living under asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, barring visitors and phone calls
Experts have pointed out that the move is part of a larger strategy to isolate the government of Venezuela in the region.
It is very likely that he will be extradited to the United States where he could stand trial for exposing US atrocities against the people of Afghanistan and Iraq