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"Go, Maduro" chant protesters as opposition returns to Caracas streets

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By Robert Hackwill
"Go, Maduro" chant protesters as opposition returns to Caracas streets

<p>The <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2016/05/18/venezuela-economy-fractured-with-shortages-of-essentials-across-the-country/">pressure is mounting</a> on Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, and it appears his Socialist party may be losing the streets as the opposition rallied in Caracas for a third day in a week, several thousand strong.</p> <p>The rally attempted to march on the National Election Board’s headquarters, but clashed with police.</p> <p>“This government is managed by the military, nobody else, because 80 percent of Venezuelans stand with democracy,” said one man.</p> <p>“We decided to change and reject, and we have, constitutionally, to say goodbye to this government in a peaceful, democratic and constitutional way,” said a woman.</p> <p>The opposition senses the time is right to give Maduro a final shove as he battles a collapsing <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/global/2016/may/18/venezuelans-on-food-shortages-economic-crisis-blighting-daily-lives-maduro">economy</a>, rising crime, and crippling <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/18/venezuelans-barter-for-leftover-medicine-as-economic-crisis-deepens">shortages</a> of daily basics that are undermining the Socialists’ policies for Venezuela’s poorest.</p> <p>Many former supporters have become disenchanted and Maduro has been unable to conjure the same public fervor as the late <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2012/oct/04/venezuela-hugo-chavez-election-data">Hugo Chavez</a>. </p> <iframe src="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1jCjBd3GqcOdqwwEVkkdY7fHCs3IOLD505QAu7M4-VsQ/viewform?embedded=true" width="606" height="600" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0">Loading…</iframe>