On Monday, Venezuela gave three U.S diplomats 48 hours to leave the country, accusing them of conspiring against the government to incite protests. Elias Jaua, Foreign Minister, said the three consular staff used visa visits to universities as a cover for promoting student-lead protests.
The demonstrations continued on Monday around Caracas and other provincial cities. This past Wednesday three people were fatally shot during the protests.
“They have been visiting the universities with the pretext of granting vistas,” said Jaua, a former student demonstrator. “But that is a cover for making contacts with leaders to offer them training and financing to create youth groups that generate violence.”
The U.S State Department called the allegations “baseless and false.”
Demonstrators have vowed to occupy the streets until Maduro resigns – however, Maduro says that he will not cede ben a “millimeter” of power.