Venezuela's Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez talks with Venezuela's Interior and Justice Minister Nestor Reverol, during a meeting with the Diplomatic Corps in Caracas, Venezuela September 2, 2016. REUTERS/Marco Bello
Reuters: After huge Venezuela protest march, government says foils coup
Venezuela's socialist government said on Friday it thwarted a coup plot this week as opponents planned to build on their biggest protest in more than a decade with further street action demanding a referendum to remove the president.
Buoyed by rallies in Caracas on Thursday that drew hundreds of thousands, the opposition coalition is planning more marches on Sept. 7 to demand a plebiscite against President Nicolas Maduro this year.
But with the election board dragging out the process and Maduro vowing there will be no such vote in 2016, it is hard to see how the opposition can force it.
"It was the day they wanted: massive, peaceful and inspirational. But that success leaves a key question in the air: 'What next?'" wrote pollster Luis Vicente Leon in the aftermath of Thursday's opposition-dubbed 'Takeover of Caracas'.
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WNU Editor: Such claims were listened to before (and believed in) .... but today .... I am not there but as an outsider looking in I find it hard to see how the Maduro government can claim any credibility as the economy continues to deteriorate, and the unrest grows.