Mexico’s government on Sunday condemned the acts of violence that have taken place in Venezuela in recent days, which damaged public buildings and the offices of banned opposition leader Henrique Capriles.
“Mexico calls on all parties to refrain from resorting to violence or provocation and resolve their differences through peaceful means,” the foreign affairs ministry said in a statement.
Protesters clashed with security forces during protests in Venezuela on Saturday after a ban on Capriles breathed life into a fractured movement and fueled the first sustained anti-government demonstrations since 2014.
Capriles, a two-time presidential candidate and current Miranda state governor, on Saturday said his headquarters in Caracas had caught fire after tear gas was thrown inside. He was seen by many as the opposition’s best chance in the presidential election scheduled for 2018, but on Friday was banned from holding political office for 15 years.