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00:00:01
>> As food lines grow longer and patience gets shorter, a rising opposition movement in Venezuela is calling to oust its unpopular president. Reuters reporter Alexandra Amherst is in the capital Caracas.>> Venezuela's opposition is pushing for a recall referendum against unpopular leftist, President Nicolas Maduro. But, Socialist Party leaders have said there will be no such recall referendum.
00:00:22
As food scarcity worsens, ques, protests, and even looting are on the rise. I visited one state run supermarket on Sunday morning. By 5 AM, hundreds of people were in line, many said they were surviving on a diet of plantains or yucca and skipping meals to get by.>> It is these people who struggle with food shortages, frequent power cuts, and run away inflation, or arguably a bigger problem for Maduro than his formal opponents.
00:00:50
The opposition coalition has tried to translate this discontent into action. In early May, they gathered nearly 2 million signatures calling for the referendum. And 70% want him gone this year but opponents fear the government will drag its feet until nothing happens.>> As democratic avenues to get rid of him close, people are speculating the social unrest maybe the big factor going forward.
00:01:13
The opposition says Venezuela is a time bomb. They are telling the government a recall referendum must go through, or social unrest risks spilling over.>>
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