Venezuela's Maduro says general strike failing

Posted July 21, 2017

After months of often violent protests, the opposition has now called a 24-hour national strike after conducting an unofficial referendum that, Al Jazeera reports, suggested overwhelming opposition to the idea of voting for a Constituent Assembly and equally overwhelming support for transparent parliamentary elections. "The United States will not stand by as Venezuela crumbles", Trump said in a statement. "Here in Venezuela, Venezuelans give the orders, not Trump".

Chief among them is the president's plan to hold an election on July 30 to choose a 545-member citizens' body, called "Constituent Assembly".

The US will take strong and swift economic actions if the government "imposes its Constituent Assembly on July 30", a White House statement warned. How does the Constituent Assembly violate Venezuelas Constitution and how can its consequences be reversed? Padrino Lopez challenged on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 the countries that have declared against the government's initiative to rewrite Venezuela's constitution, saying the nation will not submit to foreign governments.

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"We encourage governments in the hemisphere and around the world to call on President Maduro to suspend this process which only seeks to undermine democracy in Venezuela", Nauert said. The European Union, Germany, Brazil, Canada and Mexico also have called for the constitutional rewrite to be canceled.

He said the opposition has interventionist goals and that is the reason behind the strike.

"The obvious bias and dark threats from this official are outrageous", the general said, accusing Mogherini of bowing down to the "extremist elite" in charge in the United States and of accepting opposition "propaganda" concerning its vote.

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That would be followed Thursday by a nationwide strike, which could bring much of Venezuela's already sputtering economy to a standstill. Business groups estimate that 150,000 Venezuelan businesses have closed over the last 15 years. Protesters called for the resignation of Maduro, who is now deeply unpopular.

"Millions of Venezuelans voices must not be ignored".

Mr Almagro has always been one of the fiercest and most outspoken critics of the Venezuelan government.

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"Concerned with the hard political, economic and social situation in Venezuela, in particular the increase in violence and polarization between the government and the opposition, and its effect on the people of Venezuela, and recognizing the urgent need to find a solution to the present situation, and that this had to be sought internally, CARICOM Heads of Government called for all parties to commit to engage in renewed dialogue and negotiation leading to a comprehensive political agreement with established time tables, concrete actions and guarantees to ensure its implementation for the well-being of the nation", it added. "They are more likely to make the government feel they have no option but to resist, and they offer the government a nationalist rallying cry against the USA".