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World Venezuelans in 'anti-dictatorship' poll

15:40  16 july  2017
15:40  16 july  2017 Source:   bbc.com

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A recent poll by International Consulting Services (ICS) found that President Nicolas Maduro is leading in The Washington Post has repeatedly referred to Venezuela as a full-blown dictatorship , yet as soon as Many Venezuelans see that US interests in Latin America are diametrically opposed to the

Venezuelans are taking part in an unofficial referendum on government plans for a new assembly that could change the constitution.

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Critics of the new assembly say it could herald dictatorship. Voters are also being asked if they want fresh elections before Socialist President Nicolas Maduro's term ends in 2018.

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CARACAS (Reuters) - Many Venezuelan streets were barricaded and deserted on Thursday for a strike called by foes of President Nicolas Maduro to demand elections and the scrapping of plans for a new congress they fear would consolidate dictatorship in the OPEC country.

(Thousands of Venezuelans are already fleeing to Colombia and, as of this year, Venezuelans top the list of asylum seekers in the US for the first time ever.) Or in the face of a united opposition Maduro could double down on his repression — and push Venezuela even closer to dictatorship .

Mr Maduro says the poll is not legitimate.

Nearly 100 people died in government-opposition unrest since April.

Opposition leader Henrique Capriles said on Friday that Venezuelans participating in the unofficial referendum would be voting for the country's freedom.

The third question on the ballot paper asks voters if they want the armed forces to defend the current constitution.

Mr Maduro has called on Venezuelans to approve the constituent assembly in an official vote on 30 July, saying it was the only way to help Venezuela out of its economic and political crisis.

He has said that a new constitution would "neutralise" the opposition and defeat "coup-plotters" and thereby promote peace in Venezuela.

Opposition leaders fear that the process of setting up a new constituent assembly and rewriting the constitution would almost certainly delay this year's regional elections and next year's presidential election.

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Carolina Acosta, a Venezuelan professor, tweeted: “The government’s striptease is complete. Before us is the horrible figure of dictatorship .” Polls show a broad demand for change, with 90% of the population believing that the country is going in the wrong direction, and 76% wanting to see Maduro

They also fear that the constituent assembly would further weaken the National Assembly, Venezuela's opposition-controlled legislative body.

What's happening in Venezuela?

  • The country is in a deep economic crisis, made worse by the falling price of oil, which accounts for about 95% of its export revenues and was used to finance some of the government's generous social programmes. Forced to make cuts, President Nicolas Maduro has seen his support fall among core backers
  • Also, as a result of the crisis, parts of Venezuela face severe shortages of basic supplies such as medicine and food
  • The opposition accuses Mr Maduro of not only mismanaging the economy but also eroding the country's democratic institutions
  • In March, the Supreme Court decided it would take over the National Assembly. The decision was reversed, but Mr Maduro was accused by opponents of trying to stage a coup. That sparked almost daily protests calling for his resignation
  • Meanwhile, Mr Maduro says the opposition is trying to overthrow his government illegally, and blames the country's problems on an "economic war" being waged against him

Anti-Maduro strike paralyzes swathes of Venezuela .
<p>Many Venezuelan streets were deserted and barricaded on Thursday for a strike called by foes of President Nicolas Maduro.</p><p></p>From the Andes to the Amazon, many businesses shut as the majority-backed opposition staged a 24-hour shutdown from dawn in a civil disobedience campaign it is dubbing "zero hour" to try to end nearly two decades of Socialist Party rule.

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