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Venezuela’s Caracas held two rival demonstrations on Thursday

Venezuela’s Caracas held two rival demonstrations on ThursdayHundreds of thousands Venezuelans flooded Caracas on Thursday in demonstration against socialist rule.

Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro demanded a recall referendum against him as country is falling in even deeper economic crisis.

According to the opposing Democratic Unity coalition estimation, at least 1 million people took part in protesters streamed into Caracas from the Amazon jungle to the western Andes.

"We are going to defeat hunger, crime, inflation and corruption. They've done nothing in 17 years. Their time is finished," said Naty Gutierrez, who came to Caracas from Maracay.

The opposition is aimed to push pressure on Maduro and the national election board to allow the referendum on impeachment to the end of the year.

2016 is a crucial date for plebiscite, because if held in 2017 and Maduro lost, his vice president would serve the term till 2019, rather than triggering a new presidential election.
Venezuela’s Caracas held two rival demonstrations on Thursday
The same day Maduro supporters mounted its own counter-protest, but they did not give the number of participants. The president accused the opposition of trying to stage a coup.

The government said the opposition didn’t gather one million people they were expecting in their march, dubbed as the "Takeover of Caracas".

"The nation has triumphed. They wanted to intimidate the people but the people are here," Maduro said at his rally in central Caracas.
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