Nicolas Maduro

Workers' strike across Venezuela erupts into violence

Workers' strike across Venezuela erupts into violence

A nationwide strike against plans to rewrite the constitution shut down much of Venezuela's capital Thursday before erupting into sporadic violence when protesters clashed with riot police and burned a post office near the headquarters of the main state-run broadcaster.

Wealthier, pro-opposition neighborhoods of east Caracas were shuttered and silent until early afternoon when improvised blockades left them almost entirely cut off from the rest of the city. Groups of masked young men set fire to a few blockades and hurled stones at riot police, who fired back tear gas.

A public transport strike appeared to have halted nearly all bus traffic and thousands of businesses defied...

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