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Venezuelans Took to the Streets for a Lawful Recall Referendum, but Maduro Intends to Resist to 2018… and Beyond


Despite Army checkpoints on roads and highways and the many metro stations closed off in Caracas, tens of thousands took to the streets throughout Venezuela to protest the decision of the executive branch to arbitrarily stop the collection of signatures for a referendum granted by the Constitution. The referendum could overthrow Nicolas Maduro's government.

Opposition supporters take part in a rally against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, October 26, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Despite Army checkpoints on roads and highways and the many metro stations closed off in Caracas, tens of thousands took to the streets throughout Venezuela to protest the decision of the executive branch to arbitrarily stop the collection of signatures for a referendum granted by the Constitution. The referendum could overthrow Nicolas Maduro’s government.

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