World Venezuela opposition calls for strike

23:51  17 july  2017
23:51  17 july  2017 Source:   BBC News

Venezuela cop in helicopter attack attends opposition rally.

  Venezuela cop in helicopter attack attends opposition rally. <p>A Venezuelan police officer who stole a helicopter and fired on two government buildings appeared in public for the first time Thursday night, showing up at an anti-government demonstration in Caracas.</p>Except in videos uploaded to the internet, Oscar Perez hadn't been seen since he shocked the nation June 27 by using a stolen helicopter to fire grenades and gunshots at the supreme court and interior ministry buildings. The government called it a "terrorist attack.

Twelve-hour shutdown draws patchy participation after Nicolás Maduro’s socialist government threatens to seize businesses that closed.

“The opposition 's call to a nationwide strike on Monday, which no one supported, is another failure by the adversaries of the Venezuelan government” Prensa Latina reported.

Opposition leaders address meeting. 17 July 2017: Opposition leaders announced their plans following the disputed referendum © Reuters Opposition leaders announced their plans following the disputed referendum Venezuela's opposition has called for a 24-hour strike on Thursday in protest against President Nicolas Maduro's plans for a new constituent assembly.

In a statement, leaders said 7.6 million people had taken part in Sunday's opposition-organised referendum on the plans.

They also announced they would name new Supreme Court judges.

The controversial assembly would have power to scrap the National Assembly and rewrite the constitution.

"It is time for zero hour," said opposition leader Freddy Guevara, speaking on behalf of the Democratic Unity coalition (MUD).

The government has dismissed Sunday's referendum as illegal and politically irrelevant.

President Maduro's plan will see a vote on 30 July for the new constituent assembly.

Its 545 members will have the power to dissolve state institutions, including the National Assembly, where opposition parties are in the majority.

Venezuela Could Go Way of Cuba, U.S. Lawmakers Say .
Lawmakers critical of Venezuela's government have compared it to Cuba and its late dictator, Fidel Castro.WASHINGTON — Members of Congress denounced Venezuela's government Wednesday, echoing harsh criticism from the White House and likening the political situation there to Cuba under Fidel and Raúl Castro.

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