People line up to try to buy toilet paper and diapers outside a pharmacy in Caracas May 16, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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Streaming down from hilltop slums in the dead of night, hundreds of Venezuelans join an ever-growing line that circles the vast "Bicentennial" state-run supermarket.Many of them used to be devoted supporters of Hugo Chavez, the late socialist president who brought his quirky brand of left-wing nationalism to the OPEC nation during a 1999-2013 presidency.Now, in the grumbling of predawn lines, there is disillusionment with Chavez's "Beautiful Revolution" and undisguised anger at his successor and self-declared "son" Nicolas Maduro.As institutional channels to remove Maduro close, anger is spilling over in other ways.The month of May has not been kind to Maduro.First, the opposition submitted nearly 2 million signatures to kick off the recall referendum – way beyond the roughly 200,000 required. Outraged, Maduro responded by saying a foreign invasion was in the works and ordered a state of emergency and military exercises to protect the nation.The military, packed with Chavez loyalists, is seen as key to Maduro's survival.That message resonates among some in the food lines, where there are memories of a brief 2002 coup against Chavez and anger against Maduro does not necessarily equal support for the opposition.
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