Monday, July 17, 2017

7 million Venezuelans vote against plan to rewrite constitution

Sunday, nearly 7.2 million Venezuelans voted in a hastily arranged referendum designed to voice their opposition to the socialist president’s plans to rewrite the country’s constitution. One woman was killed by pro-government forces at one polling place. From the Guardian:
The opposition Democratic Unity coalition said a pro-government “paramilitary” gang opened fire in Caracas’ poor neighbourhood of Catia, where thousands were participating in the event. Video footage showed people scattering as gunshots rang out, many taking sanctuary inside a church.
“The day was stained by the killing of a Venezuelan woman who was protesting and exercising her rights,” said opposition leader Freddy Guevara of the killing of Xiomara Escot. “But violence cannot hide what has happened. The people are not afraid and are clear in their decision.“

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