>> 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.
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.
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.
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.>>