Dubbed the “Shit March”, thousands of opposition supporters again poured onto the streets decrying Venezuela’s economic crisis and demanding elections.
The women’s marches were the latest in five weeks of sustained protests against Maduro, whom opponents decry as a dictator who has ruined the economy.
In Zulia, as a symbolic act, a statue of late leader Hugo Chavez was destroyed by students who accused him of destroying their futures.
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The wave of protests since early April against socialist President Nicolas Maduro have sparked Venezuela’s worst violence since 2014.
Protests and sit-ins against Maduro’s government continue amidst politically-motivated shootings and clashes as Venezuela faces a severe economic crisis.
Opposition leaders have promised to keep up their protests, demanding the government call regional elections that have been delayed since last year, free almost 100 jailed opposition activists and respect the autonomy of the opposition-led Congress.
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Protests also were staged in other cities and more are planned across the country for April 6.
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Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Guatemala and Panama expressed strong concerns while Peru withdrew its envoy terming it a rupture of democracy.
Last week, 14 nations urged elections and freedom of jailed opponents of President Maduro’s socialist government, turning up the pressure on him.
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President Maduro suspended the elimination of the country’s largest denomination bill, which had sparked cash shortages and nationwide unrest.
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The National Assembly declared Rafael Ramirez “politically responsible” for the state oil company corruption during his decade-long tenure.
The opposition has accused Maduro of veering into dictatorship by sidelining the legislature, detaining opponents and blocking a plebiscite.
The suspension of the recall vote by Venezuela’s electoral authority sparked an outcry from the opposition who accused the Socialist government of dictatorial tactics.
Opinion polls show the socialists would currently fare badly in any election, and government sources have said they are hoping for an oil price recovery to help them.
The opposition Democratic Unity coalition estimated at least 1 million people took part in the protest.
While there is more than enough evidence to suggest a coup may indeed already be in the works for Venezuela in the near future, a wide range of opinions comprise Venezuelan public opinion regarding the opposition’s latest call for protests.
Venezuelan Opposition leaders have planned a march on September 1 to demand electoral authorities permit the recall referendum to remove Maduro this year.
If Maduro loses a referendum this year, the election council would call a new presidential vote – which polls indicate he would likely lose.
The temporary opening of the border attracted 44,000 people flocking to Colombia in the face of acute supply shortages in a drained Venezuelan economy
As Venezuela grapples with a national crisis, there is greater international pressure and condemnation. Peace and democratic order remain a far cry for the country.
The US is backing a push by the Venezuelan opposition to hold a ‘fair and timely’ referendum this year that could see President Nicolas Maduro ousted.
The attempts at diplomatic talks come at a crucial time for President Nicolas Maduro as public polls show a significant drop in his popularity.
Nicolas Maduro, elected in 2013 after the death of socialist leader Hugo Chavez, insists he is the victim of an “economic war” led by businesses with the backing of Washington.
With crowds baying “We want food!” and security forces struggling to keep order, protests and melees at shops have been spreading around the recession-hit Venezuela in recent weeks, fuelled by shortages of basic foods.
With basics such as flour and rice running short, crowds chanting “We want food!” are thronging supermarkets daily, presenting a major problem for the struggling leftist government of President Nicolas Maduro.
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The Democratic Unity coalition (MUD) gathered far more than the required 1% of voters’ signatures, or nearly 200,000, needed to trigger the next phase of a recall referendum.
Despite the likely rise in political confrontation and a deepening economic crisis in Venezuela following the recent elections, India-Venezuela relations will remain mostly unaffected and continue to be focused on oil.
The Venezuelan general election, held on December 6, produced a catastrophic defeat for President Nicolás Maduro’s United Socialist Party (PSUV), an assemblage of left parties which the late president Hugo Chávez had founded in 2007 and which had held a parliamentary majority from 2008 onwards. The result went […]