On Monday, an elderly Venezuelan woman died in her apartment in Caracaras after inhaling tear gas thrown by police officers during a protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, Fox News reports.
Venezuela's opposition on Tuesday pilloried what it says is repression during anti-Maduro protests after authorities confirmed a second death in unrest in the last week.
On Friday, 7 April, the Venezuelan Comptroller General's office ordered that Capriles - a former presidential candidate - could not hold any public office for 15 years due to his "illicit administrative" practices when he was the governor of Miranda.
The minister said that the right to protest is guaranteed in the Venezuelan Constitution "peacefully and without arms", and supported a resolution to political conflicts through dialogue.
The opposition blames Maduro for an economic crisis aggravated by falling oil prices, which has caused acute shortages of food and medicine.
Opposition leaders slammed the government for arbitrary use of force in breaking up Monday's demonstrations, pointing to tear gas being fired into one Caracas clinic.
Mr Capriles has been at the forefront of demands for a recall referendum on President Maduro and was seen as the opposition's best hope in next year's presidential election. We urge President Maduro to reconsider the decision to bar Capriles and ensure Venezuelans can exercise their right to elect their representatives in free and fair elections in accordance with the Venezuelan constitution and consistent with global instruments, including the Inter-American Democratic Charter.
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"Heavily sanctioning the opposition - most recently an opposition politician Henrique Capriles Radonski who was banned from political life for 15 years - does not help to lower the unrest and the tensions in the country", it reads. "We need to get out on the street and fight, to tell these people we don't want them", 67-year-old protester, Maria Guedez, was quoted as saying.
Maduro's supporters announced they too would stage a major march that day in central Caracas.
Maduro said Sunday he was "eager" for the elections to go ahead so he could "hand a defeat to those people.so that they will stop the rioting and violence".
The opposition is demanding authorities set a date for postponed regional elections.
"The crisis is not only political, but it is a humanitarian".
They condemned "aggression and manipulation" against Venezuela that they said "threaten its sovereignty, independence and stability".
The protest movement's immediate goal apparently is to force Maduro to call elections.