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Venezuela protests, strike threat raise heat on Maduro

Opposition leader Henrique Capriles (L) and the president of the National Assembly, Henry Ramos Allup (C), attend a demonstration against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in CaracasNicolas Maduro in CaracasOpposition leaders called a 12-hour general strike for Friday and vowed to use their legislative majority to issue a declaration holding the elected socialist accountable for his handling of a severe economic crisis. “We are going to notify Nicolas Maduro that the Venezuelan people declare that he has abandoned his post,” the speaker of the National Assembly, Henry Ramos Allup, said to cheers from hordes of protesters in Caracas. Jesus Torrealba, secretary general of the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), also drew thunderous applause when he announced the general strike.

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