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Woman, 61, shot dead in Venezuela voting queue - BBC News
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jat
2017-07-17 02:11:29 UTC
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A nurse aged 61 has been shot dead while waiting to vote in an
unofficial, opposition-organised referendum in Venezuela's capital,
Caracas.

Men on motorbikes fired at a queue, killing her and wounding three others.

The opposition blamed a "paramilitary" gang. Video from the scene showed
people rushing away from the gunshots. Many fled to a church.

Venezuela is in crisis, and more than 100 people have died in political
clashes since April.

Opposition spokesman Carlos Ocariz said of the shooting: "We lament this
very much, with great pain."

Prosecutors said they would investigate the incident, and the woman was
named as Xiomara Soledad Scott.

She died minutes after reaching hospital.

Separately, journalist Luis Olavarrieta was kidnapped, robbed and beaten
by a group of people. He managed to escape and images emerged of him
receiving medical attention.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-40624313
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PL
2017-07-17 11:44:09 UTC
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On 7/17/2017 4:11 AM, jat wrote: part of the story as usual

You must be proud of your pro-Castro - pro-Maduro killer pals.
You have supported dictatorial regimes inspired by Castro for years.

Venezuela referendum: Big show of support for opposition
More than seven million voters have taken part in an
opposition-organised referendum in Venezuela, according to academics
monitoring the poll.

Voters strongly opposed government plans for a new constituent assembly
with the power to scrap the National Assembly and rewrite the constitution.

Venezuela is polarised between backers of President Nicolás Maduro and
opponents, who want fresh elections.

A nurse was shot dead while queuing to vote in the capital, Caracas.

Men on motorbikes opened fire, killing 61-year-old Xiomara Soledad
Scott, and wounding three others.

The opposition blamed a "paramilitary" gang for the shooting, which
prosecutors said they would investigate.

Separately, journalist Luis Olavarrieta was grabbed by what he said were
a group of government supporters who robbed and beat him, but he managed
to escape.
What does the opposition object to?
Image copyright Reuters
Image caption "We don't want to be Cuba," says the head of the National
Assembly

President Maduro's plan will see a vote on 30 July for the new
constituent assembly.

Its 545 members will have the power to dissolve state institutions,
including the National Assembly, where opposition parties are in the
majority.

The opposition wants new elections before Mr Maduro's term expires in
early 2019 and say rewriting the constitution would almost certainly
delay this year's regional elections and next year's presidential election.

It fears the new body could herald dictatorship.

As Julio Borges, who heads the National Assembly, puts it: "We don't
want to be Cuba. We don't want to be a country without freedom."
What does the government say?
Image copyright EPA
Image caption "Not legal" - President Maduro's verdict on Sunday's poll

Mr Maduro argues that the constituent assembly is the only way to help
Venezuela out of its economic and political crisis and he described
Sunday's vote as "meaningless".

"They have convened an internal consultation with the opposition
parties, with their own mechanisms, without electoral rulebooks, without
prior verification, without further verification. As if they are
autonomous and decide on their own," he said.

On the same day as the unofficial referendum, the government held a
"trial run" for the 30 July vote, which it described as a success.

Why is Venezuela in crisis?
- Nearly 100 people have been killed in clashes stemming from the
political conflict
- The deep economic crisis is made worse by the falling price of oil,
which accounts for about 95% of Venezuela's export revenues and was used
to finance some of the government's social programmes. Forced to make
cuts, President Nicolás Maduro has seen his support fall among core backers
- Basic necessities, such as medicine and food, are in short supply
- The opposition accuses Mr Maduro of mismanaging the economy and
eroding democratic institutions
- In March, the Supreme Court decided it would take over the National
Assembly. The decision was reversed, but Mr Maduro was accused by
opponents of trying to stage a coup. That sparked almost daily protests
calling for his resignation
- Mr Maduro says the opposition is trying to overthrow his government

More on Venezuela's turmoil
Unofficial vote result - in detail

The rector of the Central University of Venezuela, Cecilia García
Arocha, said 6,492,381 people voted inside Venezuela and another 693,789
at polling stations abroad. However, the vote has no legal status.

The turnout is slightly less than the 7.7m people who voted for
opposition candidates at the 2015 parliamentary elections. There are
19.5m registered voters in the country.

Voting on three questions, 98% rejected the new assembly proposed by
President Maduro and backed a call for elections before 2019.

They also voted for the armed forces to defend the current constitution.

Sunday's unofficial poll was held in improvised polling stations at
theatres, sports grounds and roundabouts.

The opposition plans to burn ballot papers from the informal poll so
those who voted against the government cannot be identified and victimised.

While the vote was only symbolic, BBC South America correspondent Katy
Watson said the opposition hopes the high turnout will heap pressure on
the government.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-40624313
jat
2017-07-17 12:52:48 UTC
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*You're totally fucked up*

/jat
Knowledge will set you free
El conocimiento te hará libre
Post by PL
On 7/17/2017 4:11 AM, jat wrote: part of the story as usual
You must be proud of your pro-Castro - pro-Maduro killer pals.
You have supported dictatorial regimes inspired by Castro for years.
Venezuela referendum: Big show of support for opposition
More than seven million voters have taken part in an
opposition-organised referendum in Venezuela, according to academics
monitoring the poll.
Voters strongly opposed government plans for a new constituent assembly
with the power to scrap the National Assembly and rewrite the constitution.
Venezuela is polarised between backers of President Nicolás Maduro and
opponents, who want fresh elections.
A nurse was shot dead while queuing to vote in the capital, Caracas.
Men on motorbikes opened fire, killing 61-year-old Xiomara Soledad
Scott, and wounding three others.
The opposition blamed a "paramilitary" gang for the shooting, which
prosecutors said they would investigate.
Separately, journalist Luis Olavarrieta was grabbed by what he said were
a group of government supporters who robbed and beat him, but he managed
to escape.
What does the opposition object to?
Image copyright Reuters
Image caption "We don't want to be Cuba," says the head of the National
Assembly
President Maduro's plan will see a vote on 30 July for the new
constituent assembly.
Its 545 members will have the power to dissolve state institutions,
including the National Assembly, where opposition parties are in the
majority.
The opposition wants new elections before Mr Maduro's term expires in
early 2019 and say rewriting the constitution would almost certainly
delay this year's regional elections and next year's presidential election.
It fears the new body could herald dictatorship.
As Julio Borges, who heads the National Assembly, puts it: "We don't
want to be Cuba. We don't want to be a country without freedom."
What does the government say?
Image copyright EPA
Image caption "Not legal" - President Maduro's verdict on Sunday's poll
Mr Maduro argues that the constituent assembly is the only way to help
Venezuela out of its economic and political crisis and he described
Sunday's vote as "meaningless".
"They have convened an internal consultation with the opposition
parties, with their own mechanisms, without electoral rulebooks, without
prior verification, without further verification. As if they are
autonomous and decide on their own," he said.
On the same day as the unofficial referendum, the government held a
"trial run" for the 30 July vote, which it described as a success.
Why is Venezuela in crisis?
- Nearly 100 people have been killed in clashes stemming from the
political conflict
- The deep economic crisis is made worse by the falling price of oil,
which accounts for about 95% of Venezuela's export revenues and was used
to finance some of the government's social programmes. Forced to make
cuts, President Nicolás Maduro has seen his support fall among core backers
- Basic necessities, such as medicine and food, are in short supply
- The opposition accuses Mr Maduro of mismanaging the economy and
eroding democratic institutions
- In March, the Supreme Court decided it would take over the National
Assembly. The decision was reversed, but Mr Maduro was accused by
opponents of trying to stage a coup. That sparked almost daily protests
calling for his resignation
- Mr Maduro says the opposition is trying to overthrow his government
More on Venezuela's turmoil
Unofficial vote result - in detail
The rector of the Central University of Venezuela, Cecilia García
Arocha, said 6,492,381 people voted inside Venezuela and another 693,789
at polling stations abroad. However, the vote has no legal status.
The turnout is slightly less than the 7.7m people who voted for
opposition candidates at the 2015 parliamentary elections. There are
19.5m registered voters in the country.
Voting on three questions, 98% rejected the new assembly proposed by
President Maduro and backed a call for elections before 2019.
They also voted for the armed forces to defend the current constitution.
Sunday's unofficial poll was held in improvised polling stations at
theatres, sports grounds and roundabouts.
The opposition plans to burn ballot papers from the informal poll so
those who voted against the government cannot be identified and victimised.
While the vote was only symbolic, BBC South America correspondent Katy
Watson said the opposition hopes the high turnout will heap pressure on
the government.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-40624313
PL
2017-07-17 13:30:55 UTC
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Post by jat
*You're totally fucked up*
Nope. You are and you are so stupid you can't see kt.
You changed the title of the article and did not provide the full
information. Do you think people are that stupid that can't see what you
are doing? Think again, idiot.
Post by jat
Post by PL
On 7/17/2017 4:11 AM, jat wrote: part of the story as usual
You must be proud of your pro-Castro - pro-Maduro killer pals.
You have supported dictatorial regimes inspired by Castro for years.
Venezuela referendum: Big show of support for opposition
More than seven million voters have taken part in an
opposition-organised referendum in Venezuela, according to academics
monitoring the poll.
Voters strongly opposed government plans for a new constituent assembly
with the power to scrap the National Assembly and rewrite the
constitution.
Venezuela is polarised between backers of President Nicolás Maduro and
opponents, who want fresh elections.
A nurse was shot dead while queuing to vote in the capital, Caracas.
Men on motorbikes opened fire, killing 61-year-old Xiomara Soledad
Scott, and wounding three others.
The opposition blamed a "paramilitary" gang for the shooting, which
prosecutors said they would investigate.
Separately, journalist Luis Olavarrieta was grabbed by what he said were
a group of government supporters who robbed and beat him, but he managed
to escape.
What does the opposition object to?
Image copyright Reuters
Image caption "We don't want to be Cuba," says the head of the National
Assembly
President Maduro's plan will see a vote on 30 July for the new
constituent assembly.
Its 545 members will have the power to dissolve state institutions,
including the National Assembly, where opposition parties are in the
majority.
The opposition wants new elections before Mr Maduro's term expires in
early 2019 and say rewriting the constitution would almost certainly
delay this year's regional elections and next year's presidential election.
It fears the new body could herald dictatorship.
As Julio Borges, who heads the National Assembly, puts it: "We don't
want to be Cuba. We don't want to be a country without freedom."
What does the government say?
Image copyright EPA
Image caption "Not legal" - President Maduro's verdict on Sunday's poll
Mr Maduro argues that the constituent assembly is the only way to help
Venezuela out of its economic and political crisis and he described
Sunday's vote as "meaningless".
"They have convened an internal consultation with the opposition
parties, with their own mechanisms, without electoral rulebooks, without
prior verification, without further verification. As if they are
autonomous and decide on their own," he said.
On the same day as the unofficial referendum, the government held a
"trial run" for the 30 July vote, which it described as a success.
Why is Venezuela in crisis?
- Nearly 100 people have been killed in clashes stemming from the
political conflict
- The deep economic crisis is made worse by the falling price of oil,
which accounts for about 95% of Venezuela's export revenues and was used
to finance some of the government's social programmes. Forced to make
cuts, President Nicolás Maduro has seen his support fall among core backers
- Basic necessities, such as medicine and food, are in short supply
- The opposition accuses Mr Maduro of mismanaging the economy and
eroding democratic institutions
- In March, the Supreme Court decided it would take over the National
Assembly. The decision was reversed, but Mr Maduro was accused by
opponents of trying to stage a coup. That sparked almost daily protests
calling for his resignation
- Mr Maduro says the opposition is trying to overthrow his government
More on Venezuela's turmoil
Unofficial vote result - in detail
The rector of the Central University of Venezuela, Cecilia García
Arocha, said 6,492,381 people voted inside Venezuela and another 693,789
at polling stations abroad. However, the vote has no legal status.
The turnout is slightly less than the 7.7m people who voted for
opposition candidates at the 2015 parliamentary elections. There are
19.5m registered voters in the country.
Voting on three questions, 98% rejected the new assembly proposed by
President Maduro and backed a call for elections before 2019.
They also voted for the armed forces to defend the current constitution.
Sunday's unofficial poll was held in improvised polling stations at
theatres, sports grounds and roundabouts.
The opposition plans to burn ballot papers from the informal poll so
those who voted against the government cannot be identified and victimised.
While the vote was only symbolic, BBC South America correspondent Katy
Watson said the opposition hopes the high turnout will heap pressure on
the government.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-40624313
jat
2017-07-17 16:22:02 UTC
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*You're totally fucked up*
I didn't change the subject. you did asshole...
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Knowledge will set you free
El conocimiento te hará libre
Post by PL
Post by jat
*You're totally fucked up*
Nope. You are and you are so stupid you can't see kt.
You changed the title of the article and did not provide the full
information. Do you think people are that stupid that can't see what you
are doing? Think again, idiot.
Post by jat
Post by PL
On 7/17/2017 4:11 AM, jat wrote: part of the story as usual
You must be proud of your pro-Castro - pro-Maduro killer pals.
You have supported dictatorial regimes inspired by Castro for years.
Venezuela referendum: Big show of support for opposition
More than seven million voters have taken part in an
opposition-organised referendum in Venezuela, according to academics
monitoring the poll.
Voters strongly opposed government plans for a new constituent assembly
with the power to scrap the National Assembly and rewrite the constitution.
Venezuela is polarised between backers of President Nicolás Maduro and
opponents, who want fresh elections.
A nurse was shot dead while queuing to vote in the capital, Caracas.
Men on motorbikes opened fire, killing 61-year-old Xiomara Soledad
Scott, and wounding three others.
The opposition blamed a "paramilitary" gang for the shooting, which
prosecutors said they would investigate.
Separately, journalist Luis Olavarrieta was grabbed by what he said were
a group of government supporters who robbed and beat him, but he managed
to escape.
What does the opposition object to?
Image copyright Reuters
Image caption "We don't want to be Cuba," says the head of the National
Assembly
President Maduro's plan will see a vote on 30 July for the new
constituent assembly.
Its 545 members will have the power to dissolve state institutions,
including the National Assembly, where opposition parties are in the
majority.
The opposition wants new elections before Mr Maduro's term expires in
early 2019 and say rewriting the constitution would almost certainly
delay this year's regional elections and next year's presidential election.
It fears the new body could herald dictatorship.
As Julio Borges, who heads the National Assembly, puts it: "We don't
want to be Cuba. We don't want to be a country without freedom."
What does the government say?
Image copyright EPA
Image caption "Not legal" - President Maduro's verdict on Sunday's poll
Mr Maduro argues that the constituent assembly is the only way to help
Venezuela out of its economic and political crisis and he described
Sunday's vote as "meaningless".
"They have convened an internal consultation with the opposition
parties, with their own mechanisms, without electoral rulebooks, without
prior verification, without further verification. As if they are
autonomous and decide on their own," he said.
On the same day as the unofficial referendum, the government held a
"trial run" for the 30 July vote, which it described as a success.
Why is Venezuela in crisis?
- Nearly 100 people have been killed in clashes stemming from the
political conflict
- The deep economic crisis is made worse by the falling price of oil,
which accounts for about 95% of Venezuela's export revenues and was used
to finance some of the government's social programmes. Forced to make
cuts, President Nicolás Maduro has seen his support fall among core backers
- Basic necessities, such as medicine and food, are in short supply
- The opposition accuses Mr Maduro of mismanaging the economy and
eroding democratic institutions
- In March, the Supreme Court decided it would take over the National
Assembly. The decision was reversed, but Mr Maduro was accused by
opponents of trying to stage a coup. That sparked almost daily protests
calling for his resignation
- Mr Maduro says the opposition is trying to overthrow his government
More on Venezuela's turmoil
Unofficial vote result - in detail
The rector of the Central University of Venezuela, Cecilia García
Arocha, said 6,492,381 people voted inside Venezuela and another 693,789
at polling stations abroad. However, the vote has no legal status.
The turnout is slightly less than the 7.7m people who voted for
opposition candidates at the 2015 parliamentary elections. There are
19.5m registered voters in the country.
Voting on three questions, 98% rejected the new assembly proposed by
President Maduro and backed a call for elections before 2019.
They also voted for the armed forces to defend the current constitution.
Sunday's unofficial poll was held in improvised polling stations at
theatres, sports grounds and roundabouts.
The opposition plans to burn ballot papers from the informal poll so
those who voted against the government cannot be identified and victimised.
While the vote was only symbolic, BBC South America correspondent Katy
Watson said the opposition hopes the high turnout will heap pressure on
the government.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-40624313
PL
2017-07-18 15:42:35 UTC
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Post by jat
*You're totally fucked up*
Nope. you are.
Post by jat
I didn't change the subject.
I said you changed the title idiot and that is a fact.
The real title of the article is:
"Venezuela referendum: Big show of support for opposition"
You used something else.
Post by jat
you did
Nope. i just exposed your misleading practice and added that there was
more to the article then you wanted people to believ.
I exposed you for the liar you are.
Post by jat
asshole...
You really have an anal fixation, no?
Are you gay?
In don't mind, but don't project your desires.
Post by jat
-- /jat Knowledge will set you free El conocimiento te hará libre "PL"
Post by PL
Post by jat
*You're totally fucked up*
Nope. You are and you are so stupid you can't see kt.
You changed the title of the article and did not provide the full
information. Do you think people are that stupid that can't see what you
are doing? Think again, idiot.
Post by jat
Post by PL
On 7/17/2017 4:11 AM, jat wrote: part of the story as usual
You must be proud of your pro-Castro - pro-Maduro killer pals.
You have supported dictatorial regimes inspired by Castro for years.
Venezuela referendum: Big show of support for opposition
More than seven million voters have taken part in an
opposition-organised referendum in Venezuela, according to academics
monitoring the poll.
Voters strongly opposed government plans for a new constituent assembly
with the power to scrap the National Assembly and rewrite the constitution.
Venezuela is polarised between backers of President Nicolás Maduro and
opponents, who want fresh elections.
A nurse was shot dead while queuing to vote in the capital, Caracas.
Men on motorbikes opened fire, killing 61-year-old Xiomara Soledad
Scott, and wounding three others.
The opposition blamed a "paramilitary" gang for the shooting, which
prosecutors said they would investigate.
Separately, journalist Luis Olavarrieta was grabbed by what he said were
a group of government supporters who robbed and beat him, but he managed
to escape.
What does the opposition object to?
Image copyright Reuters
Image caption "We don't want to be Cuba," says the head of the National
Assembly
President Maduro's plan will see a vote on 30 July for the new
constituent assembly.
Its 545 members will have the power to dissolve state institutions,
including the National Assembly, where opposition parties are in the
majority.
The opposition wants new elections before Mr Maduro's term expires in
early 2019 and say rewriting the constitution would almost certainly
delay this year's regional elections and next year's presidential election.
It fears the new body could herald dictatorship.
As Julio Borges, who heads the National Assembly, puts it: "We don't
want to be Cuba. We don't want to be a country without freedom."
What does the government say?
Image copyright EPA
Image caption "Not legal" - President Maduro's verdict on Sunday's poll
Mr Maduro argues that the constituent assembly is the only way to help
Venezuela out of its economic and political crisis and he described
Sunday's vote as "meaningless".
"They have convened an internal consultation with the opposition
parties, with their own mechanisms, without electoral rulebooks, without
prior verification, without further verification. As if they are
autonomous and decide on their own," he said.
On the same day as the unofficial referendum, the government held a
"trial run" for the 30 July vote, which it described as a success.
Why is Venezuela in crisis?
- Nearly 100 people have been killed in clashes stemming from the
political conflict
- The deep economic crisis is made worse by the falling price of oil,
which accounts for about 95% of Venezuela's export revenues and was used
to finance some of the government's social programmes. Forced to make
cuts, President Nicolás Maduro has seen his support fall among core backers
- Basic necessities, such as medicine and food, are in short supply
- The opposition accuses Mr Maduro of mismanaging the economy and
eroding democratic institutions
- In March, the Supreme Court decided it would take over the National
Assembly. The decision was reversed, but Mr Maduro was accused by
opponents of trying to stage a coup. That sparked almost daily protests
calling for his resignation
- Mr Maduro says the opposition is trying to overthrow his government
More on Venezuela's turmoil
Unofficial vote result - in detail
The rector of the Central University of Venezuela, Cecilia García
Arocha, said 6,492,381 people voted inside Venezuela and another 693,789
at polling stations abroad. However, the vote has no legal status.
The turnout is slightly less than the 7.7m people who voted for
opposition candidates at the 2015 parliamentary elections. There are
19.5m registered voters in the country.
Voting on three questions, 98% rejected the new assembly proposed by
President Maduro and backed a call for elections before 2019.
They also voted for the armed forces to defend the current constitution.
Sunday's unofficial poll was held in improvised polling stations at
theatres, sports grounds and roundabouts.
The opposition plans to burn ballot papers from the informal poll so
those who voted against the government cannot be identified and victimised.
While the vote was only symbolic, BBC South America correspondent Katy
Watson said the opposition hopes the high turnout will heap pressure on
the government.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-40624313
jat
2017-07-18 16:17:26 UTC
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Hey, you're the one who behaves like a gay. Actually, I don't care that's
your business. But, let me tell you. You're very queer.
Don't allege on others what you do as a habit.

Just to clarify. When I call you "asshole" I mean that you are a dickhead,
butthead, motherfucker, etc. Basically, you are stupid, ridiculous. But,
nothing else. Anything else different than that only exists in your queer
mentality.

Do you copy that? You fucking asshole!
--
/jat
Knowledge will set you free
El conocimiento te hará libre
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"PL" <***@pandora.be> wrote in message news:okla9a$1b6t$***@gioia.aioe.org...
| On 7/17/2017 6:22 PM, jat wrote:
| > *You're totally fucked up*
|
| Nope. you are.
|
| > I didn't change the subject.
|
| I said you changed the title idiot and that is a fact.
| The real title of the article is:
| "Venezuela referendum: Big show of support for opposition"
| You used something else.
|
| > you did
|
| Nope. i just exposed your misleading practice and added that there was
| more to the article then you wanted people to believ.
| I exposed you for the liar you are.
|
| > asshole...
|
| You really have an anal fixation, no?
| Are you gay?
| In don't mind, but don't project your desires.
|
| > -- /jat Knowledge will set you free El conocimiento te hará libre "PL"
| > <***@pandora.be> wrote in message news:okie6e$os0$***@gioia.aioe.org...
| >> On 7/17/2017 2:52 PM, jat wrote:
| >>> *You're totally fucked up*
| >> Nope. You are and you are so stupid you can't see kt.
| >> You changed the title of the article and did not provide the full
| >> information. Do you think people are that stupid that can't see what
you
| >> are doing? Think again, idiot.
| >>
| >>> PL wrote:
| >>>> On 7/17/2017 4:11 AM, jat wrote: part of the story as usual
| >>>>
| >>>> You must be proud of your pro-Castro - pro-Maduro killer pals.
| >>>> You have supported dictatorial regimes inspired by Castro for years.
| ticle is:
|
| >>>>
| >>>> Venezuela referendum: Big show of support for opposition
| >>>> More than seven million voters have taken part in an
| >>>> opposition-organised referendum in Venezuela, according to academics
| >>>> monitoring the poll.
| >>>>
| >>>> Voters strongly opposed government plans for a new constituent
assembly
| >>>> with the power to scrap the National Assembly and rewrite the
| >>>> constitution.
| >>>>
| >>>> Venezuela is polarised between backers of President Nicolás Maduro
and
| >>>> opponents, who want fresh elections.
| >>>>
| >>>> A nurse was shot dead while queuing to vote in the capital, Caracas.
| >>>>
| >>>> Men on motorbikes opened fire, killing 61-year-old Xiomara Soledad
| >>>> Scott, and wounding three others.
| >>>>
| >>>> The opposition blamed a "paramilitary" gang for the shooting, which
| >>>> prosecutors said they would investigate.
| >>>>
| >>>> Separately, journalist Luis Olavarrieta was grabbed by what he said
were
| >>>> a group of government supporters who robbed and beat him, but he
managed
| >>>> to escape.
| >>>> What does the opposition object to?
| >>>> Image copyright Reuters
| >>>> Image caption "We don't want to be Cuba," says the head of the
National
| >>>> Assembly
| >>>>
| >>>> President Maduro's plan will see a vote on 30 July for the new
| >>>> constituent assembly.
| >>>>
| >>>> Its 545 members will have the power to dissolve state institutions,
| >>>> including the National Assembly, where opposition parties are in the
| >>>> majority.
| >>>>
| >>>> The opposition wants new elections before Mr Maduro's term expires in
| >>>> early 2019 and say rewriting the constitution would almost certainly
| >>>> delay this year's regional elections and next year's presidential
| >>>> election.
| >>>>
| >>>> It fears the new body could herald dictatorship.
| >>>>
| >>>> As Julio Borges, who heads the National Assembly, puts it: "We don't
| >>>> want to be Cuba. We don't want to be a country without freedom."
| >>>> What does the government say?
| >>>> Image copyright EPA
| >>>> Image caption "Not legal" - President Maduro's verdict on Sunday's
poll
| >>>>
| >>>> Mr Maduro argues that the constituent assembly is the only way to
help
| >>>> Venezuela out of its economic and political crisis and he described
| >>>> Sunday's vote as "meaningless".
| >>>>
| >>>> "They have convened an internal consultation with the opposition
| >>>> parties, with their own mechanisms, without electoral rulebooks,
without
| >>>> prior verification, without further verification. As if they are
| >>>> autonomous and decide on their own," he said.
| >>>>
| >>>> On the same day as the unofficial referendum, the government held a
| >>>> "trial run" for the 30 July vote, which it described as a success.
| >>>>
| >>>> Why is Venezuela in crisis?
| >>>> - Nearly 100 people have been killed in clashes stemming from the
| >>>> political conflict
| >>>> - The deep economic crisis is made worse by the falling price of oil,
| >>>> which accounts for about 95% of Venezuela's export revenues and was
used
| >>>> to finance some of the government's social programmes. Forced to make
| >>>> cuts, President Nicolás Maduro has seen his support fall among core
| >>>> backers
| >>>> - Basic necessities, such as medicine and food, are in short supply
| >>>> - The opposition accuses Mr Maduro of mismanaging the economy and
| >>>> eroding democratic institutions
| >>>> - In March, the Supreme Court decided it would take over the National
| >>>> Assembly. The decision was reversed, but Mr Maduro was accused by
| >>>> opponents of trying to stage a coup. That sparked almost daily
protests
| >>>> calling for his resignation
| >>>> - Mr Maduro says the opposition is trying to overthrow his government
| >>>>
| >>>> More on Venezuela's turmoil
| >>>> Unofficial vote result - in detail
| >>>>
| >>>> The rector of the Central University of Venezuela, Cecilia García
| >>>> Arocha, said 6,492,381 people voted inside Venezuela and another
693,789
| >>>> at polling stations abroad. However, the vote has no legal status.
| >>>>
| >>>> The turnout is slightly less than the 7.7m people who voted for
| >>>> opposition candidates at the 2015 parliamentary elections. There are
| >>>> 19.5m registered voters in the country.
| >>>>
| >>>> Voting on three questions, 98% rejected the new assembly proposed by
| >>>> President Maduro and backed a call for elections before 2019.
| >>>>
| >>>> They also voted for the armed forces to defend the current
constitution.
| >>>>
| >>>> Sunday's unofficial poll was held in improvised polling stations at
| >>>> theatres, sports grounds and roundabouts.
| >>>>
| >>>> The opposition plans to burn ballot papers from the informal poll so
| >>>> those who voted against the government cannot be identified and
| >>>> victimised.
| >>>>
| >>>> While the vote was only symbolic, BBC South America correspondent
Katy
| >>>> Watson said the opposition hopes the high turnout will heap pressure
on
| >>>> the government.
| >>>>
| >>>> http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-40624313
| >
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