Maduro under pressure as Venezuelan opposition calls "massive" strike

Maduro under pressure as Venezuelan opposition calls

Maduro under pressure as Venezuelan opposition calls "massive" strike

Local Venezuelan residents said Sunday's vote could play a crucial part in the impoverished nation's future.

Analysts say that if Maduro loses the support of the military his rule is all but finished.

"I thought it was going to be more", said Mariela Arana, a 56-year-old school counselor. "But these 7 million people spoke and it was plenty".

The commission of university rectors informed that after computing the 95 percent of the vote tabulation sheets a total of 7,186,170 of voters had rejected the Constituent Assembly of Maduro in the consultation that took place outside the formal electoral system.

Maduro has called for the creation of a "constituent assembly", a Soviet-like body that will seek to modify the country's constitution. The opposition has called for a boycott of that vote. "I think it's going to embolden the worldwide community to reject it".

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The opposition blamed the attack on "paramilitary groups" linked to the government.

The chief prosecutor's office confirmed Escot - who was a nurse - had been killed and four others wounded in the incident.

Video on social media showed huge crowds outside the church, then hundreds running in panic as motorcycle-riding men zoomed past and shots rang out.

Speaking on state television shortly after the polls closed, Maduro failed to make any mention of the shooting.

Opposition members shout slogans against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro as they waits for the results of a of a symbolic referendum in Caracas Venezuela Sunday

He said: "I'm calling on the opposition to return to peace, to respect for the constitution, to sit and talk". "Let's start a new round of talks, of dialogue for peace".

In what appeared to be smaller numbers in many parts of the capital, government supporters went to polling stations in a rehearsal for the July 30 vote. But she said it's falling apart in the hands of the government.

"Today we awoke stronger". Nearly all of the answers were related to the "yes" "He said when confirming the voters' rejection of the Constituent Assembly".

Over the past couple of years the escalating crises in what once was the richest South American country has led to steep deterioration of public health with infectious diseases such as malaria creeping back. "This was the same step that was taken in the last referendum to change the constitution", said organizer Mario Di Giovanni. "There's no separation of powers, no freedom of expression".

The opposition's unofficial poll attempts to determine what Venezuelans think about key criticisms against Maduro's regime - that Venezuela's institutions, including security forces and the Supreme Tribunal of Justice top court, work in Maduro's favor; that the National Assembly has been stripped of power; and that a majority of Venezuelans support the removal of Maduro as president.

Opposition members dance outside of a poll station during a symbolic referendum in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, July 16, 2017.

"Prisoners are persecuted in front of arbitrary military tribunals, violating the Constitution...as if they were risky animals", they added. They also want any and all political prisoners to be released.

Venezuela has been plagued by daily outbursts of anger over food shortages and an economic crisis characterised by rampant inflation.

"This is why the government does not want to hold any more elections".

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