Venezuelan Opposition Protest to Demand Recall Vote
By: Tyler West, Xiro Xone News September 01, 2016 Updated: 6:20 PM
Venezuelans who are angry over, increasing poverty and soaring inflation are descending on the capital, Caracas, to demand a referendum to recall President Nicolas Maduro in a massive protest that opposition leaders are calling the takeover of Caracas.
Protesters filled dozens of city blocks in what was dubbed the "taking of Caracas" to pressure electoral authorities to allow a recall referendum against Maduro this year. Protesters, dressed mostly in white and carrying Venezuelan flags, chanted, "It's going to fall, it's going to fall, the government is going to fall."
Opposition organizers have called for a peaceful gathering, but Maduro and other government leaders are calling today's demonstration an attempted coup orchestrated by the U.S. He blames an "economic war" planned by the opposition and the U.S. government as the cause for many of the country's woes.
The opposition hoped its protests would prove they are the majority and heap pressure on Maduro and the national election board to allow a plebiscite on his rule, as allowed by the constitution half-way through a presidential term.
But with the election board dragging its feet over the process and the government swearing the referendum will not happen this year, the opposition has no way to force it no matter how many people it brings onto the streets.
Maduro defeated opposition leader Henrique Capriles in the 2013 presidential election, called after the death of President Hugo Chavez.
If a recall vote takes place, it would be the second since the socialist party, PSUV, led by Chavez, came to power in 1998.