New Constitution Or New Leader? Venezuela's Struggle For Its Future

Toll in Venezuela's violent protests rises to 34

Toll in Venezuela's violent protests rises to 34

Although the court retracted the ruling three days later, there is still widespread anger against Maduro's government.

After more than a month of anti-government protests and riots, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said he wants to change the country's constitution.

Venezuela's opposition, which now enjoys majority support after being in the shadow of the ruling Socialist party since Hugo Chavez's 1998 election win, says his successor Maduro has become a dictator and wrecked the economy.

Unfortunately, the mega protests turned bloody when angry gangs threw Molotov cocktail, bottles and rocks at riot police, who responded by firing white tear gas.

The opposition and government have accused each other of fomenting violence.

"I don't know how long the protests are going to last".

While they called for unity to defend democracy and independence, the Communists also expressed criticism of the Maduro government and the social elements grouped around it. Within the framework of unrestricted adherence to the rule of law and to stabilize the situation in Venezuela, we reiterate the importance of fulfilling the electoral calendar, releasing political prisoners, restoring the functions of the democratically elected National Assembly, and ensuring separation Of powers. "An injury by the dictatorship is a badge of honour", tweeted First Justice MP Freddy Guevara, who said he was hit by a tear gas canister.

Gold investment demand falls 34%, but WGC says it was still 'robust'
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The latest fatality was that of an 18-year-old man struck by a projectile.

The Student Movement, which gathers opposition students from the largest and most important universities in the country, announced a round of new demonstrations in all educational institutions.

Opponents say Maduro's bid to call a constitutional convention is a ploy to put off elections that polls say it would lose. His adversaries have labeled the move a power grab and say it is another attempt to override the authority of the opposition-controlled legislature.

"The new constituent process starting today will consolidate the republic and bring to the nation the peace that we all deserve", he said, clutching a pocket-size blue constitution and later dancing to the beat of drums.

The OAS head earlier tweeted that he demands to visit opposition figure Leopoldo Lopez, who has been in jail since 2015 for inciting violence in the "guarimbas" protests that led to the deaths of 43 people. The senators will also instruct US intelligence agencies to prepare a report on Venezuelan government officials' supposed involvement in corruption and drug trafficking. "Let us prepare our people to go to a handsome process of resurgence and emergence of the people's leadership. that represents the deep spirit of change of the people and the deep spirit of peace", said Maduro.

But backing has come from regional leftist allies including Cuba.

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