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Venezuela president ready to escalate state of emergency

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has been in power since 2013Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Wednesday he was prepared to escalate a state of emergency imposed this week after opposition-led protests in the capital and other cities. Maduro told supporters he would give the order — which implies suspending laws and rights to maintain public order — if “violent” anti-government acts occurred. Faced with a crippling recession triggered by low prices for the oil Venezuela depends on, and hyperinflation and a severe energy shortage, Maduro ordered a state of emergency starting this week.

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