Foes of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, fighting to sustain a monthlong strike that has choked vital oil exports, said they would carry their protest campaign into the new year, including a possible march on the presidential palace.
The strike, now in its fifth week, has throttled oil output by the world's No. 5 oil exporter, pushing world prices near two-year highs. Venezuela supplies more than 13% of U.S. oil imports.
The shutdown has so far failed in its aim of forcing the leftist president to call elections.