• Venezuela demos test of strength in pol crisis


    CARACAS: Protesters seeking to drive Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro from office have vowed fresh street rallies on Wednesday and Thursday, a test of their strength in a tense political crisis. A week after braving tear gas in their last march against Maduro and the state of emergency he has imposed, his opponents plan to demonstrate starting around 1400 GMT on Wednesday. Last week’s disturbances raised fears of wider unrest in the South American country, where anti-government rallies in 2014 led to riots that killed 43 people. The center-right opposition is pushing for a referendum on removing the socialist leader from office, blaming him for the country’s economic crisis.



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