Venezuela's Opposition Calls For A Civic Strike Before Elections

Agencies (Qasioun) - Four days before the national vote to elect a Constituent Assembly, Venezuela's opposition has called on citizens to join a civic strike for 48 hours.


Starting on Wednesday, the strike will carry on through Thursday, and a mass march has also been called for on  Friday.


"Businessmen, do not open [your businesses], workers do not attend work, and all people go out and [shut down] the streets," said Jose Manuel Olivares, consituent assembly deputy and opposition member.


The strikes and march are intended to voice disapproval with President Nicolas Maduro's plan to rewrite the constitution and move forward with the Constituent Assembly elections.