Tensions are mounting in Venezuela. The country’s president has threatened to increase his powers further by raising the current state of emergency. Pro and anti government supporters have taken to the streets.
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The National Assembly wants to remove me and tie my handsVenezuelan president
Meanwhile President Nicolas Maduro appeared on television to defended his actions.
“The National Assembly wants to remove me and tie my hands, you know why? If they had my hands tied and I could declare a state of emergency then we wouldnt have been able to make any decisions.”
Earlier anti-government protesters tried to reach the headquarters of the country’s electoral body to meet their demand for a referendum to recall unpopular Maduro.
It’s the third demonstration this week. On Tuesday, opposition leader Henrique Capriles called on the country to reject Maduro’s extra powers.