Venezuela opposition protests against constitution reform

| Updated: May 09, 2017 12:26 IST

Caracas [Venezuela], May 9 (ANI): In a bid to rebel against President Nicolas Maduro's move to reform the constitution in a deadly political crisis, Venezuela's opposition mobilised in fresh street protests on Monday. The supporters of the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) gathered in eastern Caracas to march to the education ministry under the slogan "No to the dictatorship," local media reports say. The ongoing protests have left as many as 36 people dead and hundreds injured since the unrest erupted on April 1, according to authorities. Education Minister Elias Jaua has been appointed by Maduro, who the Opposition blames for the economic crisis in the country, to set up an elected constituent assembly to rewrite the constitution. The economic crisis has been responsible for food shortages in the country. The Opposition has even refused to take part in the assembly. The government later called on its supporters to stage counter-demonstrations. (ANI)

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