Post by PL
Part of the story (as usual) after I posted the full story in Spanish.
Here is the full story JAT - for some reason - doesn't want to post.
Guess why? Look up his record and it will become clear.
Catholic Church calls Venezuela government 'dictatorship'
By Jim Wyss
Venezuela's Catholic Church on Friday blasted President Nicolás
Maduro for trying to impose a "dictatorship" by pushing forward an
unpopular plan to overhaul the constitution.
Speaking at a public event, Archbishop Diego Padron, the president
of Venezuela's Episcopal Conference, said the government's
decision to elect more than 500 delegates on July 30 to rewrite
the constitution is illegitimate.
"The Episcopal Conference has deemed that the national assembly of
constituents is unnecessary and inconvenient," Padron said. The
assembly is "being imposed by force and the result will be the
[formalization] of a military, socialist, Marxist and communist
Caracas's Palacio Federal Legislativo building was evacuated after
pro-government protesters stormed the building on July 5,
Venezuela's Independence Day. El Nacional reported that a group of
armed government supporters brushed past security around the op
Venezuelan National Assembly via Storyful
Padron said that, by law, the government couldn't call for the
constitutional assembly without first holding a national
referendum — a vote that polls show the government would lose.
The Catholic Church and the socialist administration have been at
odds for years, but this is some of the harshest rhetoric yet to
come from the religious institution.
The statement comes as more than three months of anti-government
protests have left more than 90 dead and hundreds detained.
Demonstrators are asking for general elections and the release of
political prisoners amid a crushing economic crisis. Maduro has
said the constitutional assembly will bring peace to the troubled
South American nation. But critics say that the way the delegates
will be selected means the administration will be able to pack the
body with its supporters.
On Wednesday, Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress approved
a July 16 referendum that will allow the country to decide whether
it wants the constitutional assembly. But that measure doesn't
have the support of the National Electoral Council, meaning it
will be largely symbolic.
It was during that contentious congressional session Wednesday
that pro-government agitators broke into the legislative compound
and injured several lawmakers.