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Venezuelan opposition shuns proposed peace talks

CARACAS — The opposition presidential candidate in Venezuela’s last election said Monday he will not attend a proposed peace conference aimed at resolving the turmoil of recent days.

Henrique Capriles said that now is not the time for him to sit down with President Nicolas Maduro. He said his attendance Wednesday would amount to an endorsement of what he calls a ‘‘repressive’’ government. Capriles spoke Monday amid continuing tension in the country.

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Opposition protesters erected barricades across major streets in Caracas and elsewhere, bringing traffic to a halt in parts of the Venezuelan capital.

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.

The barricades of trash and other debris prompted the cancellation of bus routes and made the morning commute a nightmare for many. There were similar reports of blockades in the provincial cities of Maracaibo and Valencia.

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