Venezuelan opposition ups pressure with mass protest

Jul 18, 2017, 6:41 AM EDT
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro seeks to rewrite the country's constitution.
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Stepping up pressure on Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, the country’s opposition called for a nationwide strike and a series of protests in coming weeks to thwart the government’s bid to rewrite the constitution, a plan already rejected by 7.1 million people in a recent vote.

The announcement came as Venezuela’s opposition-dominated National Assembly declared its plans to revamp the Supreme Court office, which critics say, is run by loyalists of Maduro’s ruling socialist party, writes The Guardian.

Maduro’s political opponents seek a presidential election and the freedom of 400 jailed activists along with more legislative independence, notes Reuters.