Venezuela Calls Elections as Protesters Demand Maduro's Ouster

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is accusing protesters of setting fire to a government supporter, saying what he calls "Nazi-fascist" elements are taking root inside the opposition's ranks and contributing to a unsafe spiral of violence in the two-month anti-government protest movement.

Amid the ongoing turmoil inside of Venezuela, the anti-government protesters have apparently set the childhood home of former President Hugo Chavez ablaze, according to DC McClatchy.

Venezuela is in the fourth year of a recession caused by a collapse in crucial oil exports that has led to widespread shortages of basic goods, including food and medicine.

"The Venezuelan people do not want a fraudulent Madurist constitution and we will not accept it", opposition leader Henrique Capriles tweeted.

The decision is in accordance with article 347 of the Bolivarian Constitution, which allows for the convening of a national constituent assembly with the goal of "transforming the state". Looting has broken out in various cities. He has said that he believes "Nazi-fascist" elements are taking root inside the opposition's ranks and are responsible for the increase tension and conflict between the anti-government forces and his own, explained DC McClatchy.

Fresh riots broke out on Tuesday evening in the capital and the western town of Barinas. "By imposing these targeted sanctions, the United States is supporting the Venezuelan people in their efforts to protect and advance democratic governance in their country". "Such viciousness against our people!"

"Maduro and the electoral council think that the country and its opposition leaders are dumb, that we're going to start bickering over governorships while they get away with fraud", opposition lawmaker Miguel Pizarro said on Tuesday night.

The government also unveiled its latest foreign-exchange auction mechanism to boost its control of the currency on Tuesday.

It noted that the decision had provoked condemnation from Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez who stated on Twitter that "It's outrageous and unacceptable for the United States to impose sanctions on a sovereign and independent nation in violation of Venezuelan and worldwide laws".

"The Opposition funded by foreign aid and with media support have created matrix of hatred, persecution and aggression towards government officials and to all those who sympathize with the Bolivarian thinking". He blames it on a private sector "economic war".

Maduro accuses the opposition of plotting a coup against him with U.S. backing. A top military commander was heard discussing plans to deploy snipers against protesters in order to suppress further public demonstrations, according to a recording leaked to the Miami Herald.

They say that he has become increasingly authoritarian since he was elected in 2013, blocking their attempts to hold a recall referendum and delaying elections for governors. Nigeria News and World News.

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  • Leroy Wright