Opposition supporters have blocked roads in Caracas, protesting against the National Constituent Assembly proposed by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
Opposition supporters have blocked roads in Caracas, protesting against the National Constituent Assembly proposed by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. MIGUEL GUTIERREZ

Strike to shut down Venezuela today

MORE trouble is expected in strife-torn Venezuela today with a 24-hour strike called by the Opposition.

Up to 100 people have been killed in the country in 110 days of protests marked by violent clashes.

Opposition leaders have called the strike following an unofficial referendum on Sunday in which 7.6 million people rejected a Constituent Assembly that would rewrite the 1999 constitution to suit the President.

The Opposition has threatened to set up an alternative "national unity” government and name new judges to the Supreme Court, which is seen as supporting besieged President Nicolas Maduro.

The strike comes as US President Donald Trump prepares sanctions against several senior Venezuelan government figures to pressure President Maduro to abort his plan for a July 30 vote on an assembly that critics say would create a dictatorship.

A US ban on Venezuelan oil imports into America is also possible.

Polls show the ruling Socialists would be easily beaten in an election.



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