At least 10 people were killed on Monday in the ongoing protest and violence in Venezuela over the controversial vote which would grant President Nicolas Maduro’s ruling socialist party virtually unlimited powers.
In a grinding battle against its political opponents and groups of increasingly alienated and violent young protesters, the government is continuing its push for total political dominance.
The violence in the once-prosperous OPEC nation has killed at least 122 and wounded nearly 2,000 since protests began in April, said reports.
Nikki Haley, the US envoy to the United Nations, has warned that Venezuela was taking a ‘step toward dictatorship’ in its highly controversial vote championed by President Maduro to rewrite the nation’s constitution.
According to reports, Venezuelans stayed away from the polls in massive numbers in a show of protest against a vote to grant President Nicolas Maduro’s ruling socialist party virtually unlimited powers in the face of a brutal socio- economic crisis.
The Trump administration has imposed successive rounds of sanctions on high-ranking members of Maduro’s administration, with the support of countries including Mexico, Colombia and Panama. Vice President Mike Pence promised on Friday that the US would take ‘strong and swift economic actions’ if the vote went ahead.