> Venezuela's opposition on Monday looking to ramp up protests, energized by a massive unofficial vote against President Nicolas Maduro. Nearly 7.2 million voted in a symbolic poll against the president who they say is a dictator and blame for a crippling economic crisis that has left millions struggling to eat.
In three questions at Sunday's event, opposition supporters voted overwhelmingly by 98% to reject Maduro's proposed new assembly which has the power to rewrite the Constitution. Venezuelans also strongly backing a call to hold elections before Maduro's term ends in 2019. Experts say the results rejected by Maduro seem to confirm that the opposition would easily defeat the government in any election.
Sunday's informal vote was marked by violence. Activists claimed that pro-government gunmen shot into a crowd of voters killing one woman and wounding three others. Months of anti-government riots have already killed 100 people in the Latin America nation.