Venezuela opposition blocks streets to protest Maduro’s power shakeup

3 May 2017   Venezuela

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro speaks during his weekly broadcast ”Los Domingos con Maduro” (The Sundays with Maduro) in Caracas, Venezuela. Miraflores Palace/via Venezuela’s opposition was blocking streets on Tuesday to decry unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro’s decision to create a new super-body known as a “constituent assembly,” a move they say is a veiled attempt to cling to power by avoiding elections. After a month of near-daily protests demanding early general elections, Maduro on Monday announced a new popular assembly with the ability to rewrite the constitution. His government says that the opposition is promoting street violence and refusing dialogue, so it has no choice but to shake up Venezuela’s power structure to bring peace to the oil producer. Maduro’s foes counter that Maduro, a former bus driver they say has turned into a dictator, is in fact planning to staff the new assembly with supporters and avoid elections […]

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