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Venezuela: Opposition Strike Shuts Down Part of Capital and Many Other Cities

Venezuela: Opposition Strike Shuts Down Part of Capital and Many Other Cities Venezuela: Opposition Strike Shuts Down Part of Capital and Many Other Cities
Orlondo Matamoros | Julio 21, 2017, 14:46

An infuriated Maduro told a specially convened state security council that "No one gives Venezuela orders, no foreign government". Groups of masked young men set fire to a handful of blockades and hurled stones at riot police, who fired back tear gas. There were several arrests.

In some places, however, such as the poor Catia and January 23rd neighborhoods of Caracas, streets and shops were still buzzing, while motorbike taxis replaced buses.

Hai Do was the editor.

It's the first general strike since a months-long 2002 effort to oust Hugo Chávez, which failed, The Associated Press reports. Trump has imposed travel bans and has frozen the assets of high-ranking officials in recent weeks, but refrained from broad sanctions against Venezuela that could deepen its economic crisis. Write to us in the Comments section, and visit our Facebook page. "Who wants to stop, stop", said Francisco Martinez, the president of Fedecamaras.

Clashes have occurred daily since the opposition Democratic Unity coalition and a self-styled youth-led "Resistance" movement took to the streets in April.

The desperation of the MUD and the decision of the imperialists to reject the Constituent Assembly are not casual reactions. "Trump has committed an aggression against a Latin American country", the official said.

For more than two years, Venezuela has struggled with a massive economic collapse that has triggered acute food shortages, a lack of medical care and rampant inflation.

Pressure on Maduro is mounting from other nations too as France, Spain, Colombia and the US along with the EU have urged him to cancel the election, scheduled for Jul 30.

Critics see it as a power grab.

Maduro has called for a vote on 30 July to elect a constituent assembly charged with rewriting the constitution.

"We put up the barricade early, around 5 a.m. The objective is that no one goes to work, that people stay home for 24 hours", said Caracas resident Edmond Fakrhi, 55.

Venezuela's economy is dependent on its oil exports.

In turn, Maduro has blamed the right-wing opposition, the U.S. and its regional allies for the country's current condition.

The Trump administration is considering sanctions against Venezuela amid Nicolas Maduro's push for the so-called Constituent Assembly, which Washington says would grant the socialist president a "full dictatorship".

He is backed by the military.

Medina said it was also "completely incoherent" for Venezuela to be a member of the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council while violating human rights - and to be chairing the U.N.'s decolonization body "while not even allowing the self-determination of its own people".

In response, the opposition called Thursday's general strike. In the opposition-organized vote, 98 percent rejected Maduro's proposal to rewrite the constitution. "We are invincible united", said the Head of State, minutes before the meeting that will head with Defense Council, composed of the highest representatives of the Public Power.