As Venezuelan death toll rises, President Nicolas Maduro bans protests before vote to rewrite the constitution

The official death toll from four months of protests against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro rose to 106 Thursday as tensions rose ahead of Sunday’s controversial election of assembly members charged with writing a new constitution. Three new fatalities came as Maduro declared all protests from Friday through Sunday to be illegal.

“All meetings, public protests and concentrations of persons in the national territory are prohibited that could disturb or affect the electoral process,” the interior minister, Nestor Reverol, said in a televised speech. “Whoever organizes or instigates activities designed to upset the electoral process or the social life of the country will be sent...