Venezue­lans again shut down cap­i­tal to protest govern­ment

Cape Breton Post - - World -

CARACAS, Venezuela — Pro­test­ers are haul­ing fold­ing chairs, beach um­brel­las and cool­ers onto main roads for a na­tional sit-in.

The “sit-in against the dic­ta­tor­ship’’ is the lat­est in a month and a half of street demon­stra­tions against Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro. Many Caracas busi­nesses were closed Mon­day and taxi driv­ers sus­pended work in an­tic­i­pa­tion of a city­wide traf­fic shut­down. Op­po­si­tion lead­ers are de­mand­ing im­me­di­ate pres­i­den­tial elec­tions. Polls show the great ma­jor­ity of Venezue­lans want Maduro gone as vi­o­lent crime soars and the coun­try falls into eco­nomic ruin. The Euro­pean Union is also call­ing for Venezuela elec­tions. EU for­eign min­is­ters said Mon­day that “vi­o­lence and the use of force will not re­solve the cri­sis in the coun­try.’’

And the U.S. has ex­pressed grave con­cern about the ero­sion of demo­cratic norms in the South Amer­i­can coun­try.

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