Venezuela Crisis Deepens as Protests Persist

Venezuela is supposed to brace a massive day of protest today (Saturday). The opposition declared a day of national protest after a ‘successful’ nation-wide shut down on last Thursday. The opposition announced a ‘great march’ amid the fear that the country might get into deeper crisis with escalating tensions between the government and the opposition.

Venezuelan opposition won the last parliament election with substantial majority. But Venezuelan Supreme Court dissolved the parliament on 29 March which sparked a national outcry. The Supreme Court, however, reversed the decision but the protests already erupted all over the country.

Venezuela is going through a critical political unrest since the death of its former president Chavez. President Nicholas Maduro, unlike his predecessor Hugo Chavez, apparently finds it tough to appease the agitated citizens who are on the street for a long time. The opposition party of Venezuela has been accusing Maduro of leading the country to authoritarian rule through a special election which is supposed to be held on July 30. This election could give Maduro unprecedented power.

The opposition alleges that Mr. Maduro Plans to seize the supreme control of the country through the special election. The elected body would have the authority to rewrite the 1999 constitution. The opposition called a nation-wide strike on last Thursday protesting the special election that could give Mr. Maduro massive authority to squelch the opposition-controlled National Assembly.

The opposition party of Venezuela has been accusing Maduro of leading the country to authoritarian rule through a special election which is supposed to be held on July 30. This election could give Maduro unprecedented power.

Two protesters have been killed in violence as the strike shut down most of the parts of capital Caracas. The opposition has declared more protests to come as Maduro seems resolute to pursue his agenda for a constitutional reform. Mr. Maduro, in response to the strike of the oppositions said,

“Work has triumphed, love, life, and hope; work has triumphed. They [the Venezuelan opposition] who have never worked, let them carry on not working, we are moving forward, comrades… I’ve ordered the capture of all the fascist terrorists.”

His country has been suffering immense economical crisis which he seem to believe a constitutional reform with more power at the hands of president can solve. Venezuelans have been suffering food shortages and shortage of other fundamental needs .  The opposition and the international community condemn President Maduro’s steps to push Venezuela to authoritarian rules instead of solving the crises within the existing system.

The Unites States has warned Maduro government of sanctions if he continues to go for vote to amend the constitution. Mr. Luis Almagro, head of the Organisation of American States (OAS), accuses Maduro of having blood on his hands. He said in a written statement, “Behind every detainee, every political prisoner, every person tortured and every person killed there is someone that is institutionally responsible.”

 


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