Published: Fri, July 21, 2017
World News | By Cecilia Wilkerson

What are Trump's options in Venezuela?

What are Trump's options in Venezuela?

A public transport strike appeared to have halted almost all bus traffic and thousands of private businesses defied government demands to stay open as opponents of President Nicolas Maduro called the first major national strike since a 2002 stoppage that failed to topple Maduro's predecessor Hugo Chavez.

As Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government have "offered their good offices to facilitate" dialogue between the government and opposition in Venezuela, the secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, and Venezuela's opposition leader, Leopoldo López, have urged immediate return to democracy in the country.

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Maduro's foes are demanding a presidential election and want to stop the leftist leader's plan to create the Constituent Assembly, which would have the power to rewrite the constitution and annul the opposition-led legislature.

But the opposition political party, which controls the National Assembly, blames mismanagement and a policy agenda of nationalisation and state appropriations of companies. How does the Constituent Assembly violate Venezuelas Constitution and how can its consequences be reversed?

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Venezuela's opposition called Monday for a 24-hour nationwide strike to pressure Maduro to drop his plans to rewrite the constitution.

Venezuela's Defense Minister, Vladimir Padrino Lopez, reiterated Wednesday the support of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB), the Venezuelan army, for the government of President Nicolas Maduro, after the USA published a statement on Tuesday, threatening economic sanctions against the country.

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"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. "The ones supporting this strike don't understand anything", said the woman, who declined to give her name.

That would be followed Thursday by a nationwide strike, which could bring much of Venezuela's already sputtering economy to a standstill.

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On Friday, the opposition plans to name 13 judges to the supreme court to replace those named by the outgoing, ruling-party-dominated congress in 2015 in a process that legal experts say violated nomination procedures. Protesters called for the resignation of Maduro, who is now deeply unpopular. Those nominations would not give the opposition a supreme court majority but are nearly certain to be rejected by the current court and the executive branch, making them a largely symbolic tactic to increase pressure on Maduro.

"Millions of Venezuelans voices must not be ignored".

More than three months of street protests have left at least 93 people dead and 1,500 wounded.

A woman dressed in a red T-shirt most often worn by government supporters, called strikers "puppets and zombies".

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.

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"The government jails the people who protest and those who are protesting are caging the rest of us".

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