Police officers charge an anti-government protesters in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 24, 2017. Thousands of people shut down the capital city's main highway to express their disgust with the socialist administration of President Nicolas Maduro. Demonstrators in least a dozen other cities also staged sit-ins as the protest movement is entering its fourth week. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Police officers charge an anti-government protesters in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

WASHINGTON — Countries around the Western Hemisphere are paying more attention to the violent clashes in Venezuela between government forces and opposition supporters.

The Organization of American States says it will hold an extraordinary session Wednesday in Washington with foreign ministers to analyze the worsening situation. A statement from the organization says the U.S. and 15 other nations called for the session.

The gathering follows the most intense protests in economically struggling Venezuela since a wave of anti-government demonstrations in 2014. At least 26 deaths have been linked to the latest protests, which began nearly a month ago over a Supreme Court decision that briefly negated the powers of the opposition-controlled congress.

OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro says Venezuela has “deteriorated into a full-scale dictatorship” and the OAS should consider suspending Venezuela.