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Published: Fri, July 21, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Venezuela Responds to President Trump's Call for Sanctions

Venezuela Responds to President Trump's Call for Sanctions

Groups of masked young men set fire to a handful of blockades and hurled stones at riot police, who fired back tear gas.

In a bid to overcome the political crisis that has paralyzed Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro has called for a National Constituent Assembly (ACN) to review and possibly rewrite the Constitution.

The results showed almost 98% of voters said they were against the move to re-write the country's constitution. The claim could not be immediately confirmed.

"The government of Venezuela responds that the proposal of the Original Constituent Power and National Constituents' Assemly is in the hands of the people and belongs exclusively to the sovereign people of Venezuela", Maduro asserted in remarks the Venezuelan state network VTV describes as a "warning" against "the vulgar, interventionlist, interfering, and destabilizing threats from the White House and U.S. Department of State". "The main objective is for people to see how dissatisfied people are".

The opposition have ramped up their schedule of protests in the days leading up to the elections, including Thursday's general 24-hour strike and a mass demonstration on Saturday.

Chavez emerged from the strike and exerted control over the private sector with years of expropriations, strict regulations and imports bought with oil money and meant to replace local production. "I invite all American capital to come to Venezuela, we are cool", Maduro said.

A coalition of opposition parties said it garnered more than 7.5 million votes in a symbolic national vote against the assembly on Sunday, though the number couldn't be independently confirmed.

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"There's an appeal to the conscience of the Venezuelan people", said Pedro Jimenez, head of a major transport workers' union.

"They expressed their recognition of the Venezuelan people, who achieved the release of López, following more than 100 days of pro-democracy protests", the statement continued.

According to CNN, economic sanctions on Venezuela would have a devastating impact, because not only does the Nation have the world's largest oil reserves, the U.S.is its biggest customer. "The ones supporting this strike don't understand anything", said the woman, who declined to give her name.

Maduro also faces widespread foreign pressure to abort the Constitutional Assembly, which could rewrite the constitution and supersede other institutions. The government blames the crisis on an economic war waged by its opponents and outside backers. "It's unfair", said Maria Sandoval, a 27-year-old medical secretary.

"The people don't want this government", accountant Wilfredo Villegas told the news agency AP as he manned a roadblock with his neighbors on Thursday morning.

"The obvious bias and dark threats from this official are outrageous", the general said, accusing Mogherini of bowing down to the "extremist elite" in charge in the United States and of accepting opposition "propaganda" concerning its vote. They have to go, in a non-violent way.

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