Coalition calls protests on Venezuela presidential election

March 8, 2018

Opposition leaders, Henry Ramos Allup, left, Henrique Capriles, center, and Lilian Tintori, wife of jailed leader Leopoldo Lopez attend the opposition's announcement of the creation of a broad front to demand free elections, at a theater in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, March 8, 2018. The Venezuelan opposition coalition, allied with various civil organizations, called to revive street actions to protest against the presidential elections on May 20 and pressure the international community not to recognize the Inquiry. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A newly formed coalition led by Venezuela’s political opposition said Thursday that it’s taking to the streets to protest what it considers a rigged presidential election.

The coalition also includes members of Venezuela’s churches, workers unions and university students.

The group said it seeks to draw international attention to the fraudulent election set by officials loyal to socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

It is protesting the election set for May 20, earlier in the year than normal and at a time of Venezuela’s deepening political and economic crisis under Maduro’s administration.

Coalition leaders say they plan to stage street demonstrations in Caracas on Monday and March 17.

Four months of near-daily protests last year against Maduro’s government left more than 120 people dead.

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