Venezuela's opposition groups will take to the streets of the South American country, today, in rallies themed, the 'Takeover of Venezuela', against the regime of President Nicolas Maduro to prevent him from morphing into a dictator by preventing a plebiscite to remove him from power.
Last week, Venezuelan electoral authorities canceled a planned signature drive to hold a recall referendum against Maduro. Following a demonstration by Venezuelan women against Maduro last Saturday, the opposition launched a political trial against Maduro in Congress yesterday, seeking to remove him from power.
Venezuela, which is oil-rich, has come under tough economic times with gross mismanagement of the nation's resources that have resulted in food shortages and scarcity of many basic items including toilet paper. Meanwhile, Maduro has clamped down on dissent and has jailed many opposition figures.
But opposition to Maduro's rule continues today with the planned nationwide rallies. Opposition leader, Henrique Capriles, according to a Reuters report, has declared: "We're going to hit the street early with a clear message...Venezuela is in a dangerous situation." A defiant Maduro counters, "The revolution will continue."
What revolution? Venezuelans will ultimately decide whether to continue on a path of scarcity or to seek change away from Maduran economics.