>> Riots rocking Venezuela. Hundreds of students storming the streets of Caracas again Thursday, protesting against the government of President Nicolas Maduro. Some throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at security forces. Riot police retaliating with tear gas. Reuters correspondent Girish Gupta is in Caracas.>> These students are extremely angry with the government.
ey're angry that it's triple digit inflation, shortages of the most basic goods, and supermarket lines in the thousands. They're calling for a recall of President Nicolas Maduro. The opposition says the government is dragging its feet on this. They want to see Maduro out this year.>> The timing is important.
If Maduro loses the referendum vote and leaves office this year, a new presidential election would be held. But if he departs in 2017, his vice president would take over, guaranteeing a continuation of the ruling socialist Chavez movement. In another part of town Thursday, photos circulating online showed the leader of Venezuela's congressional opposition block hit in the face with a pipe and bloodied as he attempted to make his way into a government building.