Navigation
Suscribe
Menu Search Facebook Twitter
Search Close
Menu ALL SECTIONS
  • Capital Coahuila
  • Capital Hidalgo
  • Capital Jalisco
  • Capital Morelos
  • Capital Oaxaca
  • Capital Puebla
  • Capital Quintana Roo
  • Capital Querétaro
  • Capital Veracruz
  • Capital México
  • Capital Michoacán
  • Capital Mujer
  • Reporte Índigo
  • Estadio Deportes
  • The News
  • Efekto
  • Diario DF
  • Capital Edo. de Méx.
  • Green TV
  • Revista Cambio
Radio Capital
Pirata FM
Capital Máxima
Capital FM
Digital
Prensa
Radio
TV
X
Newsletter
Facebook Twitter
X Welcome! Subscribe to our newsletter and receive news, data, statistical and exclusive promotions for subscribers
World

Fresh Protests Against Venezuela's Maduro Draw Lower Turnout

The government held rival demonstrations in most cities

Venezuelans living in Mexico take part in a protest to demand a referendum to remove Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro in Mexico City, photo: Reuters/Edgard Garrido
By Reuters Whatsapp Twitter Facebook Share
12 months ago

Foes of President Nicolás Maduro protested across Venezuela on Wednesday to demand a referendum to end his socialist rule, but numbers were far smaller than the huge opposition showing last week and matched by parallel pro-government rallies.

As many as a million opponents flooded Caracas last Thursday to press for a plebiscite this year and decry an economic crisis that has left many struggling to feed themselves.

But the opposition’s new round of rallies, outside heavily-guarded national election board offices in provincial cities, drew just hundreds of supporters at each, according to reporters and witnesses.

Venezuelans living in Mexico take part in a protest to demand a referendum to remove Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro at Angel de la Independencia monument in Mexico City, Mexico, September 4, 2016. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Venezuelans living in Mexico take part in a protest to demand a referendum to remove Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro in Mexico City, Mexico, September 4, 2016. Photo: Reuters/Edgard Garrido

The government held rival demonstrations in most cities.

Turnout on both sides appeared limited in part by rain and people’s need to stand in line to buy basic food and medicine.

“We must get rid of this oppressive, totalitarian government,” said student Junior Rubio, 21, at a gathering in Venezuela’s second city Maracaibo.

Amid hundreds of others chanting “this government will fall” and waving national colors, Rubio said he suffered from allergies but was unable to find the right food or medicines.

The election board has stretched out the process toward a referendum on Maduro with the next stage, collection of 20 percent of registered voters’ signatures, due later this year, meaning the actual plebiscite would almost certainly happen next year.

The timing is crucial. If Maduro lost in 2017, his vice president would take over for the ruling Socialist Party for the remainder of his term, but if the opposition won a referendum this year, that would trigger a presidential election.

Officials say the opposition is to blame for wasting three months at the start of this year while the multi-party coalition decided its strategy.

Officials also allege fraud during initial signature drives.

In Coro city, near the Caribbean coast, Maduro opponents and supporters briefly clashed, with bottles and stones thrown, witnesses said. National Guard troops quelled the crowd with teargas.

Since narrowly winning election to replace the late socialist leader Hugo Chávez in 2013, Maduro’s popularity has plummeted. The country is suffering shortages, triple-digit inflation and a third year of recession.

The government has this month arrested dozens of opposition activists it accuses of planning a coup.

“We want peace, that’s what we are seeking for all Venezuelans. That’s what our commander Chávez left us,” said government supporter Maria Luisa Castilla at a pro-Maduro rally in Los Teques town.

ALEXANDRA ULMER

Comments Whatsapp Twitter Facebook Share
More From The News
World

In Chaotic Meeting, Charlottesville Vote ...

7 hours ago
World

Pentagon chief, in Baghdad, Says Militan ...

8 hours ago
Sports

Beckham, Marshall Being Listed as Day to ...

8 hours ago
World

Romania: Protest Slams Decree on Jobs fo ...

8 hours ago
Most Popular

Odebrecht Made Payments to Former Pemex ...

By The News
Mexico

Dozens Killed in Airstrikes on Syrian Ci ...

By The Associated Press
World

No Pants Subway Ride

By Administrador
Mexico

Deported Mexican Man Seeks Help from Jud ...

By The Associated Press
Mexico

World Economic Forum Says Capitalism Nee ...

By The Associated Press
Business