Venezuela protests, strike threat raise heat on Maduro

Agence France-Presse . Caracas | Published: 23:30, Oct 27,2016


People protest against the government of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro in Porlamar, Margarita Island on Wednesday. — AFP photo

Venezuela’s opposition ratcheted up the pressure on president Nicolas Maduro at mass protests on Wednesday, announcing plans for a new march and general strike.
Opposition leaders called a 12-hour general strike for Friday and vowed to use their legislative majority to issue a declaration holding the elected socialist accountable for his handling of a severe economic crisis.
‘We are going to notify Nicolas Maduro that the Venezuelan people declare that he has abandoned his post,’ the speaker of the National Assembly, Henry Ramos Allup, said to cheers from hordes of protesters in Caracas.
He said his side would deliver that ruling in a march on November 3 to the presidential palace.
Jesus Torrealba, secretary general of the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable, also drew thunderous applause when he announced the general strike. 

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