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Venezuela disaster: Bus drivers deliver chaos to Caracas

Drivers block a main avenue in Caracas during a protest due to the shortage of spare parts for their vehicles on 21 September

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Streets in Caracas had been blocked by putting drivers

Bus drivers within the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, have paralysed town for eight hours by blocking the streets with their autos to protest in opposition to the nation’s financial disaster.

Lots of of drivers demanded extra pay and safety from violent crime.

Many mentioned they wanted more cash to keep up their buses and complained of shortage of spare elements.

In the meantime, the electoral authorities dominated out a recall referendum this yr in opposition to President Nicolas Maduro.

The choice is a setback for the opposition, which has been urgent for a vote to oust him.

The electoral fee mentioned a referendum might happen early subsequent yr if the opposition safe the signatures of 4 million voters in a three-day interval in October.

The timing of the vote is essential: if Mr Maduro had been to go away workplace after 10 January there wouldn’t be recent elections and the vice-president would take over.

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The protest in Caracas is believed to have affected half of the bus fleet within the metropolis of three million folks.

Venezuela has confronted shortages of many items, together with meals and drugs.

Tires, automobile batteries and motor oil are in brief provide, they are saying.

A spokesman for the drivers mentioned they might proceed their protest on Thursday if the federal government didn’t reply to their complaints.