The end of democracy in Venezuela?

2017-07-30 05:55
Demonstrators prepare a roadblock at a rally in Caracas during a strike called to protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government. Picture: REUTERS

Demonstrators prepare a roadblock at a rally in Caracas during a strike called to protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government. Picture: REUTERS

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The political crisis in Venezuela deepened ahead of a controversial vote that critics contend will end democracy in the oil-rich country.

Violence continued to rage on the streets, with another seven people killed during the latest opposition-led strike against President Nicolas Maduro’s planned election for a powerful new Constituent Assembly today.

Maduro’s critics piled more pressure on the unpopular leftist leader by holding roadblocks across the nation dubbed “The Takeover of Venezuela” on Friday.

“We’re going to keep fighting,” said opposition legislator Jorge Millan.

The government banned protests from Friday until Tuesday, raising the likelihood of more violence in volatile Venezuela.

US President Donald Trump has warned that his administration could impose economic sanctions on Venezuela if Maduro goes ahead with the vote to create the legislative superbody.

The Constituent Assembly would have the power to rewrite the Constitution and shut down the existing opposition-led legislature, which the opposition maintains would cement dictatorship in Venezuela.

More than 100 people have died in anti-government unrest convulsing Venezuela since April, when the opposition launched protests demanding conventional elections to end nearly two decades of socialist rule. – Reuters

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