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US considering sanctions against Venezuela

Posted at 4:50 PM, Jul 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-20 16:50:20-04

CARACAS,  VENEZUELA (CNN) - Streets throughout Venezuela are almost deserted on Thursday as the country's opposition leads a nationwide strike.

The shutdown follows months of protests against President Nicolas Maduro. The opposition is trying to force the president to drop his plan to re-write the constitution.

In a symbolic referendum on Sunday, about 7 million voters rejected the proposal. The strike is set to last for 24 hours.

A post office that was being used by national police was set afire on Thursday. Maduro blamed the act on a "group of terrorists from the opposition..."

The nation has been plagued by soaring inflation and high unemployment. There also have been shortages of basic goods. 

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