Venezuela's Maduro cheers election, opposition barricades streets

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Gucci mane

Afhayeenka SL
CARACAS (Reuters) - Anti-government demonstrators barricaded streets on Monday and promised a fresh wave of protests against President Nicolas Maduro, after an election a day earlier giving the Venezuelan leader and his ruling Socialist Party sweeping powers.

At least 10 people were killed on Sunday in protests against the unpopular Maduro, who insists the country's newly elected constituent assembly will bring peace after four months of protests that have killed more than 120 people.

Opposition parties sat out the election, saying it was rigged as part of a naked power grab by Maduro, leaving all 545 of the assembly's seats for the socialists and their allies.

Protesters set up barricades along main avenues of Caracas as they denounced the advent of dictatorship.

Construction worker Leonardo Valbuena, 35, leaning on a rusting barrel next to a cable was stretched across a usually busy street, said he was protesting because the economic crisis had left him unable to find work.

"I've got four kids - four! How am I supposed to feed them?" said Valbuena, adding that the official figure of 8 million voters in Sunday's election was inflated. The opposition put the figure at around 2.5 million.

"Now that they've got their assembly they're going to come for us. But we'll die fighting them."

Countries across the Americas, as well as the European Union, denounced the creation of the assembly, which will have the power to rewrite the constitution.
The United States - the top market for the OPEC nation's oil - called the vote a sham, and officials in Washington said they were preparing oil-sector sanctions.

Opposition leaders say the election was designed to tighten Maduro's hold on power amid growing anger over an economic crisis marked by rising poverty levels, the world's highest inflation rate and chronic food shortages.

Chief Prosecutor Luisa Ortega, who has been harshly critical of Maduro this year, said the creation of the constituent assembly was putting "absolute power" in the hands of the Socialist Party leadership.

"We are in the presence of dictatorial ambitions," Ortega told a news conference.

Looks like after failed CIA coup and another rigged elections america gon put sanctions on em :trumpsmirk:


It's all so tiresome
Maduro and the people surrounding him are utter flops.

It's obvious that the States had infiltrated their camp to sabotage their work but Maduro and co just let them.

Chavez wasn't so great either but at least he kept the foreign agents out.

This will happen to Somalia if we ever get a populist government in.


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Left wingers have this Stalinist streak about them. Whenever they get into power they will try to consolidate it through ruthless means (China being the longest lasting of them).
Left wingers have this Stalinist streak about them. Whenever they get into power they will try to consolidate it through ruthless means (China being the longest lasting of them).
China has always been a highly centralised, authoritarian society. It doesn't count.

I doubt Bernie Sanders or Jeremy Corbyn have dictatorial streaks.


Yuusuf direed Founding Father of Ahlu-naar
And they wonder why the world goes to shit!!!

These Western bred Somalis (unlike me) are so hypocritical, in one hand they curse foreigners in meddling in their country Somalia, but at the next turn they love to meddle another man's country, even to suggest they encourage USA to invade that specific country in all sort of ways.

Sxbyaal dont you know that meddling only causes more mischief, every country should handle them-self internally before they end up like those meddled messed up countries like Libya,Iraq,Yemen,Syria,Somalia,Afghanistan, Mali and many more.


Gucci mane

Afhayeenka SL
EU's top diplomat called on “all parties to refrain from violence, including through unidentified groups of armed civilians.”
The European Union has refused to sanction Venezuela as U.S.-led pressure against President Nicolas Maduro continues to mount.

In a statement, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the EU would not recognize the results of Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly, citing concerns over “its effective representativeness and legitimacy,” but would not impose economic sanctions.

Mogherini instead urged for dialogue between the government and opposition groups and called on “all parties to refrain from violence, including through unidentified groups of armed civilians.”

Mogherini also warned the EU was prepared to “gradually step up their response” to Venezuela.

The statement comes amid escalating international pressure against the government of President Maduro after Venezuela held elections for the Constituent Assembly.

Paraguay has called for Venezuela to be suspended from Mercosur, the South American economic bloc.

In a press conference on Monday, Foreign Minister Eladio Loizaga said: “the conditions to sanction (Venezuela) are plainly apparent.”

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also warned of "regime change," signaling the U.S. government was prepared to step up its response after announcing sanctions against President Maduro.

“We are evaluating all of our policy options as to what can we do to create a change of conditions where either Maduro decides he doesn’t have a future and wants to leave of his own accord or we can return the government processes back to their constitution,” the former Exxon Mobil chief executive said Tuesday.

But amid the threats, Venezuela has also been offered strong support from the international community.

U.N. Security Council chief Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta said Venezuela does not pose a threat to international peace and security, according to a report by Prensa Latina.

Russia, Cuba and Bolivia have also praised Venezuela and criticized international attacks against Venezuela.

Good on the EU
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