Unrest in Venezuela as president sorts to rewrite constitution

Unrest in Venezuela as president sorts to rewrite constitution


Caracas, capital of Venezuela, has been thrown to full blown crisis as citizens are protesting against  President Nicolas Maduro’s plan to rewrite the constitution.

The clashes were the latest in more than a month of Violent unrest instigated by the country’s deepening political and economic crisis.

The latest mass protest came after the socialist president initiated his plans with the electoral council to convene a “constituent assembly” to rewrite the constitution.

Maduro said on Wednesday the vote for the assembly would take place in the coming weeks.

He(Maduro) also stated that the 500 members of the constituent assembly would be elected by social groups, including workers, indigenous people and farmers, as well as on municipal level.

Even so,  opponents said that was a way of dodging elections in order to cling to power.

Protesters blame Maduro for an economic crisis that has led to shortages of food, medicine and basic goods in the oil-rich South American nation. But Maduro stated that this whole incident is an organised scheme which is a result of  US-backed capitalist conspiracy.

At least 34 people have been killed, more than 400 people injured and over 1,000 arrested since the unrest began in early April.

see video of the unrest as Venezuela National Guard Run Over Protesters