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Venezuela's Maduro Caught in Trump's Radar

Activists celebrate Sunday in Caracas after voting in an opposition-organized referendum on President Nicolas Maduro's plan to rewrite the country's constitution Fresno residents stand in solidarity with Venezuela protesters
Eleena Tovar | 18 Julio, 2017, 11:58

The EU's High Representative / Vice President Federica Mogherini has called on Nicolás Maduro, president of Venezuela, and his government to suspend the election process.

The US president lauded voters in Sunday's referendum, saying "their strong and courageous actions continue to be ignored by a bad leader who dreams of becoming a dictator".

Sunday's reported 7.6 million participation compared with 7.7 million opposition votes in the 2015 legislative elections that it won by a landslide and 7.3 million votes for the opposition in a 2013 presidential poll narrowly won by Maduro.

Electoral authorities, who have systematically sided with Maduro against the Opposition-controlled legislature, denied authorisation for the balloting.

"The state of the foreign reserves and the general waste of Venezuela's foreign exchange earnings is one of the saddest stories of modern economic history", Universidad Central de Venezuela economist Javier Hernández told AFP.

That plan, which Maduro has shown no sign of deviating from, entails a citizens' body - called a "Constituent Assembly" - being elected on July 30 to redo the constitution.

Critics say they're afraid Maduro will use the rewrite to get rid of democratic elections. The socialist government is leaving soon! they chanted in Coral Gables - hoping that someday soon it will actually mean something official.

The results of this vote are not binding but that didn't dampen the spirits of the participants in South Florida, who sang, danced and cheered while they waited patiently -sometimes for more than an hour- under the unforgiving South Florida sun.

Fox said he left Venezuela as planned Monday and hadn't been personally notified of any action by the Venezuelan government.

Television footage of the attack showed a panicked crowd running and screaming while gunshots were heard.

He said the stoppage was a "mechanism for pressure and to prepare for the definitive escalation to take place next week".

Venezuela is suffering its worst ever economic crisis, with an acute shortage in basic goods and the world's highest inflation rate.

"I want to express my will to change the current situation, we all need it", said a Bradenton woman holding her baby who only wanted to be identified by her first name of Monique. According to the organizers, 30,000 people voted in two locations in Doral; 14,451 in Aventura; 16,848 in Weston, 13,044 in Fort Lauderdale and 4,473 in West Palm Beach. But she said it's falling apart in the hands of the government.

His latest attempt comes in the form of a people's commission to rewrite the country's constitution, leading to calls for mass protests.

Moments after thousands of people chanted "assassins, assassins " at several National Guard soldiers who were passing in front of the El Carmen church in Catia, unknown armed civilians attacked the voting centre located right beside the temple, killing Xiomara Scott, a 61-year-old nurse who was waiting to vote against Maduro's government.

The government of Nicolas Maduro is the leading political and economic ally of the Cuban government of Raul Castro.