>> Building blockades in Venezuela streets as protests intensify ahead of a crucial vote on Sunday.>>
> But US diplomatic families are not the only ones abandoning Venezuela.>> Colombian airline Avianca suddenly flying out of the country on Thursday citing operational and security limitations. Seven have died in the last two days during an opposition organized strike and 240 people were arrested.
That's in response to President Nicolas Maduro's planned nationwide vote on Sunday to establish a powerful constituent assembly, which would be able to change the constitution and shut down the existing opposition-led legislature. Critics say that body would cement a dictatorship. And though the Venezuelan government has banned protests from Friday to Tuesday, protesters often masked are heading into the streets anyway.
But others are heading out of the country altogether. The US ordering the families of embassy staff home as tensions intensify. President Donald Trump has already attracted Maduro's ire, after warning that the oil-rich nation could be hit with sanctions if Sunday's vote goes ahead.>>
One of the best known faces of the protest violinist Willy Otiega among those detained.>> But with Maduro looking more and more isolated, protesters will be hoping the time is coming when he will face the music.