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View of a Venezuelan flag on the coffin with the body of Councilman Fernando Albán Salazar on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at the Legislative Palace, in Caracas (Venezuela). Albán, of the opposition Primero Justicia (PJ) party, was arrested Friday at the Maiquetía International Airport when he returned to Venezuela from the United States. EFE / Miguel Gutiérrez

The death of an opposition politician in Venezuela increases international pressure on the situation in the South American country.

37 die in clash between inmates, police at Venezuelan prison

 08/17/2017 - 04:56
Venezuelan authorities guard the Jose Gregorio Hernandez Hospital after an interior ministry team tried to take the prison by force that in Puerto Ayacucho, Venezuela, 16 August 2017. EPA/Pedro Zapata

 As part of an effort to curb prison violence, the leftist government has imposed a militarized administration in roughly half of Venezuela's penal institutions. US Vice President Mike Pence said Monday in Cartagena, Colombia, that Venezuela is a failed state that threatens the security and prosperity of the entire hemisphere.

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