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Venezuela breaks ties with Air Canada

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Minister makes announcement on Twitter

A day after Air Canada took the step of suspending flights to Caracas, the government of Venezuela is breaking commercial ties with the airline.

The airline explained its decision by saying that the safety of its operations could no longer be secured due to the country’s civil unrest. It had been making three return flights a week between Caracas and Toronto.

Around 30 people have been killed so far during six weeks of clashes between opposition demonstrators and security forces.

“Commercial relations with @AirCanada are ended as of this moment,” Hebert Garcia, minister for air and aquatic transport, said by Twitter. “We will make the relevant announcements through the Foreign Ministry.”

Reuters

[pictured: Student confronting National Guard near Plaza Venezuela, March 2014]

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