Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks to supporters during a meeting in Caracas on July 25, 2017. AFP PHOTO / VENEZUELAN PRESIDENCY / HO
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Millions participated in a 24-hour shutdown last week, leaving businesses closed, families behind doors, and streets barricaded or empty across swathes of Venezuela.The opposition, which has majority support after years in the shadow of the Socialist Party during the rule of Maduro's predecessor Hugo Chavez, says Maduro's planned Constituent Assembly is a farce designed purely to keep him in power.Maduro says the election for the 545-seat assembly, which will have power to rewrite the national constitution and override the current opposition-led legislature, is designed to put power in the hands or ordinary people.That took to over 100 the number killed since protests against Maduro began in early April.
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