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Venezuela's Maduro pledges to crush looming strike

Handout picture released by the Venezuelan Presidency showing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro delivering a speech to supporters during a gathering in Caracas on October 26, 2016Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday sought to outflank his opponents in their bid to drive him from power, vowing to crush a threatened general strike. At the same time, he moved to placate hard-up citizens by promising to raise the minimum wage by 40 percent. Maduro was on the counterattack a day after the opposition staged anti-government protests that drew hundreds of thousands of people across Venezuela.

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