‘Socialist paradise’ verges on COLLAPSE: Venezuela dictator holds onto power amid protests

Saturday, April 8, 2017
By Paul Martin

A GROWING number of protests have rocked the South American socialist state which has been edging towards complete disorder.

By OLI SMITH
Express.co.uk
Sat, Apr 8, 2017

Nicolas Maduro has sent Venezuela into a chaotic spiral after a vicious crackdown on dissent and opposition parties.

Yesterday, the leading opposition leader Henrique Capriles was barred from public office for 15 years.

This comes after days of massive protests against the dictator’s grip on power.

Protesters were demonstrating against a decision by the Venezuelan Supreme Court to assume control of the opposition-led congress.

The police have responded with tear gas and water cannons, prompting chaos among highways where 10,000 pro­testers marched.

One of the biggest opposition protests yet is expected to take place later today in the country that has once lauded as a “socialist paradise”.

However, experts believe the government-led crackdown could galvanise protests against the leftist government and upend a presidential election next year.

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