Supporters of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro shout slogans as they gather outside the National Assembly building during a session in Caracas, Venezuela October 27, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
Reuters: Venezuela crisis enters dangerous phase as Maduro foes go militant
CARACAS (Reuters) - In a curious convergence of events on the same day last week, four Venezuelan provincial courts issued identical rulings, state governors quickly hit Twitter to celebrate, then the election board emailed a short but bombshell statement.
Opposition hopes for a referendum to recall President Nicolas Maduro were dashed, on grounds of fraud in an initial signature drive. The vote was off.
For many in the opposition, that settled a years-old debate about the nature of Venezuela's socialist government, uniting them in conviction they are now fighting a dictatorship.
Their new militancy heightens the risk of unrest as the South American OPEC member of 30 million people grapples with a dangerous economic and political crisis.
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WNU Editor: This sends a chill up my spine .... Venezuelan Regime Threatens to Take Over Businesses that Join Opposition Strike (Panam Post).
More News On The Unrest In Venezuela
Venezuela opposition heaps pressure, Maduro scoffs -- Reuters
Venezuela opposition parties call general strike following violent protests -- IBTimes
Venezuela's Maduro pledges to crush looming strike -- AFP
Venezuela’s Maduro promises minimum wage rise amid protests -- France 24
Venezuela's Maduro promises 40 percent wage hike after opposition protests -- DW
A Showdown Looms in Venezuela as Maduro Tramples Democracy -- Frida Ghitis, WPR
Political Risk Analysis: Is Venezuela Now Entering A Full-Blown Political Crisis? -- Nathaniel Parish Flannery, Forbes
After 24 Years, I Am Leaving the Disaster Venezuela Has Become -- Peter Wilson, Foreign Policy