If officials don’t resume halted referendum proceedings, opposition leaders vowed to march to the presidential palace next week along with make sure President Nicolas Maduro hears them.
At one protest, a police officer was killed, Internal Minister Nestor Reverol said on state broadcaster VTV.
Demonstrators in favor of along with against the government blocked streets. Opposition leader Henrique Capriles said 0 people were hurt along with 147 arrested in protests across the nation. sy88pgw could not verify Capriles’ claim.
The controversial move has fueled mounting tensions between the government along with the opposition of which show no sign of slowing.
On Wednesday, demonstrators said they were determined to make their voices heard.
“If they don’t want to let us choose in an electoral voting process, they are going to have to listen to us as we march inside streets peacefully, overwhelmingly, along with tirelessly until they meet the demands of the Venezuelan people,” said Hasler Iglesias, a student protest leader in Caracas.
Maduro slams opposition; calls for peace
As protesters converged at meeting points across the capital along with headed for a major highway, Maduro convened a National Defense Council meeting, slamming the opposition while calling, in nationally televised remarks, for dialogue along with peace.
Dialogue will be necessary, Maduro said, accusing the opposition of steering clear of talks for nefarious reasons.
“They don’t want dialogue because they want a coup,” he said.
On the streets of Caracas, Iglesias dismissed calls for dialogue Wednesday, saying talks only make sense if the Venezuelan government will listen along with respond to the opposition’s demands.
“Dialogue cannot be used as blackmail or an oxygen tank to give more time to a government of which each day has less time left,” he said.
Metro stations closed
Protesters also marched in cities across the country, sharing photos on social media of which showed them wearing the colors of Venezuela’s flag.
Organizers of Wednesday’s protests criticized officials for shutting down some metro stations in Caracas, accusing them of trying to block demonstrations.
Session halted after brawl
Opponents launched the drive to recall Maduro, however have been stymied.
along using a series of recent events have deepened tensions in Venezuela’s volatile political landscape:
• On Sunday, opposition legislators approved a measure of which declared “there had been a breakdown of constitutional order along using a continued state of coup led coming from the highest level of government by President Nicolás Maduro”
Timing will be key. If there’s a recall vote to oust Maduro This kind of year, there could be fresh elections. however if the vote happens in 2017, the vice president could take the reins.
If there’s no recall vote, Maduro’s presidential term will be set to end in 2019.
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