Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Venezuela and the global turn against democracy | Latin America | spiked
Venezuela and the global turn against democracy | Latin America | spikedEven those who did head to the polling stations faced pressure to support Maduro. Venezuela’s state-run oil company, PDVSA, issued a warning to its managers explaining that anyone ‘who tries to block the constituent assembly, who does not vote, or whose staff does not vote, must leave his job on Monday’. Throughout election day, reports emerged of police intimidation, and anti-government protests left 14 people dead. In response, Latin American countries declared that they will not recognise the vote. Even the European Union, itself no stranger to warped democratic procedure, has questioned the result’s legitimacy.