After 100 days of ceaseless protests regarding the socialist government of Nicolás Maduro, the President of Venezuela and successor of Hugo Chavez, there were exactly 91 deaths, over 1.500 people were injured and hundreds arrested until the 10th of July 2017. “Venezuela faces significant instability in the coming year; continued political uncertainty; and a worsening economic situation” said the commander of the United States Souther Command, Admiral Kurt W. Tidd.
Around May 2017 the United States warned the UN about the risk that the current political crises in Venezuela is going to degenerate into a substantial conflict similar to the one in Syria or South Sudan. Nikki Haley, the current United States Ambassador to the United Nations, claimed that Venezuela’s socialist government is not only “destroying human rights and democracy” but also “has purposefully starved and deliberately hurt its own people” and that the only solution would be “a free election” , this being among the protesters’ demands together with constitutional amendments. “Venezuela is going to solve its own problems; we will not accept any involvement” declared the Ambassador Rafael Ramirez.
For over 3 months, police wearing protection equipment, young people with masks, burning parts of different objects, tear gas, bullets and not to mention victims were pieces of daily scenery from every big city in Venezuela. Its economy is defiantly in meltdown considering the fact that most people say they can no longer afford to buy enough food. On one hand, the opposition wants President Maduro to resign, but he accused them with no hesitation of plotting a coup. On the other hand, Nicolás Maduro is going to create a Constituent Assembly through a referendum scheduled on the 30th of July 2017 which will possibly dismiss the current Parliament, all the other institutions including the Supreme Court being under governmental control. There were a lot of reacting opinions regarding the assembly:“The United States will not stand by as Venezuela crumbles. If the Maduro regime imposes its Constituent Assembly on July 30, the United States will take strong and swift economic actions” , claimed the President of the United States, Donald Trump.
On the 17th of July 2017 the venezuelan opposition has launched a “final offensive” trying to stop the socialist president’s project that refers to the modification of the constitution. According to the opposition, over 7 millions citizens participated in the consultation regarding the Constituent Assembly which was organized without the approval of authorities and has no mandatory practicability from a legal point of view, 98,3% of all the votes were in favor of rejecting the presidential program on the 30th of July 2017.
The 545 members of the Constituent Assembly that will possibly be elected on 30th of July target to bring peace and economic stability,but the opposition truly believes that they will serve the avoidance of the National Assembly.
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