Venezuelan police fire tear gas as several thousand opposition protesters demand a recall vote to end President Nicolas Maduro's socialist rule. Vanessa Johnston reports.
Tensions mount on the streets of Caracas for the third time in a week... As Venezuelan security forces fire tear gas at protesters opposed to President Nicolas Maduro's socialist rule. They're demanding a recall referendum against him this year to force a presidential election. But Socialist Party officials say there's no time to organize it....frustrating many. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) JOSE MENDOZA, PROTESTER, SAYING: "See the people who are in the street demanding their rights? It's the military that is holding up this government, nothing else. Because 80 percent of Venezuelans are for democracy." Street protests and looting are on the rise around the country... ...amid worsening food shortages, frequent power and water cuts, and inflation -- the highest in the world. Maduro's approval rating now stands just below 27 percent, according to a key poll. Over the weekend, he declared a 60-day state of emergency...over what he called U.S. and domestic plots against him.