Venezuela's opposition protests ending term limits

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February 8, 2009 02:04

 
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Tens of thousands of protesters marched in Caracas on Saturday to oppose a constitutional amendment that could allow President Hugo Chavez to run for re-election indefinitely. Marchers waved the nation's flag and peered through glasses framed by the word "No" to encourage people to vote against ending term limits for all elected officials in a Feb. 15 referendum backed by Venezuela's socialist leader. "Everything's gotten worse," said Yraiber Davila, a 24-year-old mechanical engineer who complained of rampant crime, a lack of government services and the difficulty of buying a house with annual inflation running at 31 percent in Caracas. "I have a 10-year-old daughter and she's never seen another president," Davila said. One protester carried a sign depicting Chavez as TV tough-guy Mr. T - complete with a Mohawk hairstyle and long, feathery earrings - beneath the phrase: "Indefinite Aggression."

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