Venezuelans Protest President's Decision to Rewrite Constitution
Venezuelans blocked streets in Caracas Tuesday to protest the president's call for a new constitution.
Protesters filled streets with pieces of metal and building materials. Others set fire to small mountains of trash.
On Monday, President Nicolas Maduro signed a decree to begin the process of rewriting the constitution. The declaration orders the formation of a constitutional assembly.
In a speech, Maduro said some of the assembly's 500 members would be elected by "workers" to replace the document.
The Venezuelan constitution was last changed in 1999, under the rule of then-president Hugo Chavez.
"The day has come, brothers," Maduro said. "Don't fail me now. Don't fail Chavez and don't fail your motherland." The Associated Press reported his comments.
Fewer than half of the assembly's members would be elected, Maduro said. He added that political parties would not be involved.
Maduro's opponents and some observers say the measure is part of a plan to postpone elections set for later this year and presidential elections in 2018.
Opposition leaders urged Venezuelans to ignore Maduro and to continue the protests that have lasted for more than a month.
"We must continue fighting," said Julio Borges, president of the National Assembly. He said Maduro's move was "a scam to deceive the Venezuelan people."
Borges urged Venezuelans to fill Caracas' streets for two hours on Tuesday. He called for larger demonstrations on Wednesday.
Thousands of Maduro's supporters marched in Caracas on Monday in a show of support for the president.
The current political tensions started last July, when Venezuela's Supreme Court announced a ruling to cancel the National Assembly's legislative powers.
Years of political and economic problems have led to shortages of food, medicine, and other goods.
Demonstrators are asking for the return of democratic ideas, including recognizing the National Assembly's decisions, releasing political prisoners and permitting humanitarian aid.
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1.building materials 建筑材料
He is the basis for his building materials, to design space.
2.political prisoners 政治犯
Hundreds of political prisoners were pardoned and released.
3.humanitarian aid 人道主义援助
The United Nations is sending humanitarian aid to the areas worst affected by the conflict.
4.presidential elections 总统选举
Presidential elections are due to be held in ten days 'time
1.Others set fire to small mountains of trash.
set fire to 点燃；使...燃烧
They lit a torch and set fire to the chapel's thatch.
They set fire to vehicles outside that building.
2.He called for larger demonstrations on Wednesday.
call for 呼吁；要求
They angrily called for Robinson's resignation
The ceasefire resolution calls for the release of all prisoners of war.
抗议者用金属碎片和建筑材料封堵街道 。还有民众点燃了垃圾堆 。
周一，总统马杜罗（Nicolas Maduro）签署了法令，启动了重制宪法的进程 。该宣言要求组建制宪大会 。
马杜罗表示，“这一天已经到来，兄弟们，不要让我失望，不要让查韦斯失望，不要让祖国失望 。”美联社报道了这一言论 。
马杜罗表示，制宪大会中不足一半的成员将由选举产生 。他还提到，政党不会参与其中 。
国民议会主席朱利奥·博尔赫斯（Julio Borges）表示：“我们必须战斗下去 。”他说，马杜罗之举实为“欺骗委内瑞拉民众的骗局 。”
周二，博尔赫斯号召委内瑞拉民众将加拉加斯的街道封锁2小时 。周三，他呼吁民众进行更大规模的示威游行 。