“We have no food. They are cutting power four hours a day. Crime is soaring. And (President Nicolás) Maduro blames everyone but himself for the mess we find ourselves in,” said Sanchez, 36. “We can’t go on like this forever. Something has to give.”
The unrest mounts as the country faces continuing shortages of essential food, medicine and toiletries. All the bakeries here in La Victoria, 55 miles southwest of Caracas, stopped producing bread last week because there is no flour.
“People are hunting dogs and cats in the streets, and pigeons in the plazas to eat,” Ramon Muchacho, mayor of the Caracas district of Chacao, said this month in a tweet that was reported in many newspapers.
For the third time this week, protesters took to the streets demanding the government allow a referendum that could remove the unpopular President Maduro from power. The socialist government is stalling the measure because if the vote does not happen this year then under Venezuelan law Maduro’s Vice President would serve out the rest of his term. But the protesters are sick and tired of Chavismo.
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