Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro “Chased” by Angry Pot-Banging Protesters That Want Food — Includes Video
The Associated Press
FILE – In this April 12, 2016 file photo, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro speaks during the installation of a truth commission, at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela. Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro promise to flood the streets of Caracas on Thursday, Sept. 1, in a major test of their strength and the government’s ability to tolerate growing dissent. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)
CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro reportedly was greeted by angry pot-banging protesters during a visit to Margarita Island.
Grainy cellphone videos said to be from the Friday night encounter were picked up by Venezuelan news sites and were trending on social media. The socialist leader is seen jogging through a crowd as residents loudly bang on pots and hurl obscenities.
His visit to Margarita Island earlier Friday evening was broadcast nationwide. Images of the protest were later posted by residents of the town where it reportedly occurred.
Maduro supporters sought to cast doubt about what happened, with one pro-government lawmaker posting on social media a short, edited video of what looks like the same appearance and in which Maduro can be seen greeting well-wishers as he jogs through the crowd with his fist raised.
There was no immediate government reaction.
The opposition said the protest illustrated the widespread anger among Venezuelans for Maduro during the country’s economic crisis.
Hundreds of thousands of people poured into the capital’s streets Thursday to demand authorities allow a recall referendum that could remove Maduro from office.
Venezuelan President Is Chased by Angry Protesters
CARACAS, Venezuela — President Nicolás Maduro was chased at a routine political event by a crowd of angry protesters banging on pots and yelling that they were hungry, just days after thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets to call for his ouster, local news media reported on Saturday.
Scenes from the confrontation late Friday, which also appeared in videos uploaded to social media, captured the attention of Venezuelans, many of whom blame the unpopular president for the country’s food shortages.
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