Associated Press
February 24, 2014

The opposition presidential candidate in Venezuela’s last election says he won’t attend a proposed peace conference aimed at resolving the turmoil of recent days.

Gov. Henrique Capriles says now isn’t the time for him to sit down with President Nicolas Maduro. He says his attendance Wednesday would amount to an endorsement of what he calls a “repressive” government.

Capriles spoke Monday amid continuing tension in the country. Opposition protesters erected barricades across major streets in Caracas and elsewhere. There were no new outbreaks of major violence but there have been at least 12 deaths since Feb. 12 as government forces have clashed with opposition demonstrators.

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