The pressure is mounting 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.
The rally attempted to march on the National Election Board’s headquarters, but clashed with police.
“This government is managed by the military, nobody else, because 80 percent of Venezuelans stand with democracy,” said one man.
“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.
The opposition senses the time is right to give Maduro a final shove as he battles a collapsing economy, rising crime, and crippling shortages of daily basics that are undermining the Socialists’ policies for Venezuela’s poorest.
Many former supporters have become disenchanted and Maduro has been unable to conjure the same public fervor as the late Hugo Chavez.