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Opposition protesters rally in Caracas against Maduro

Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 01:15

Members of Venezuela's opposition are rallying in the streets of Caracas to demand a referendum for a presidential recall. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Tensions are simmering in Caracas, where protesters are demanding a recall of President Nicolas Maduro. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ISA LOZANO, CARACAS RESIDENT, SAYING: "This is our right to peacefully protest. All Venezuelans have to tell the president and the world that we want a referendum. Referendum now!" Their rally comes hours after Maduro declared a state of emergency because of what he said were plots to subvert him. The country is facing shortages of food and medicine, raging inflation and rampant crime rates. Miranda state governor and opposition leader Henrique Capriles says all of Venezuela is under threat. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) HENRIQUE CAPRILES, MIRANDA STATE GOVERNOR AND OPPOSITION LEADER, SAYING: "Venezuela is a time bomb that could explode at any moment. We don't want the bomb to explode and, because of that, we call on everyone to mobilize in favor of a recall referendum in 2016." Despite high poll numbers against him, Maduro has vowed to stick out his term, accusing the opposition and the U.S. of trying to orchestrate a coup against him.

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Opposition protesters rally in Caracas against Maduro

Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 01:15