Civil disobedience campaign organized in weeks leading to election of assembly to rewrite constitution after 7.1m people voted against it in symbolic referendum

Venezuelan opposition leaders have called for their supporters to escalate street protests after more than 7.1 million people rejected a government plan to rewrite the constitution and consolidate its power over a country stricken by shortages and inflation, and riven by more than 100 days of clashes between protesters and police.

The opposition said 7,186,170 Venezuelans participated in a symbolic referendum rejecting President Nicolás Maduro’s plans for the 30 July election of an assembly that would remake the country’s political system.

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