A strike called by the opposition in Venezuela has drawn only patchy participation after the socialist government threatened to seize businesses that closed. Mana Rabiee reports.
Despite opposition calls to strike, it was mostly business as usual in Caracas Friday morning. A threat by the Maduro govenment to seize businesses that closed, and arrest participants, appeared to be having an impact. And in the capital, many questioned the effectiveness of a strike, saying it's hard to choose ... protest? or earn a day's wages? (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) CARACAS RESIDENT, JOSE CASTRO, SAYING: "This is a political issue -- a power struggle, a clash of the titans, to see who can get what. In the end, it's the people who suffer." The strike was to protest the canceling of a referendum to recall Maduro. The unpopular leader is under pressure ... mostly for his handling of the economy... as triple digit inflation has residents of this oil-rich nation standing in food lines and anti Maduro protests around the country escalate. Maduro insists his foes are trying to topple him illegally and his supporters were planning rallies on Friday to oppose the strike.