Referendum will only worsen crisis, say Venezuelan bishops

(Catholic Herald) On the eve of a referendum to elect a constituent assembly to rewrite Venezuela’s constitution, leaders of the country’s bishops’ conference have said that the referendum is illegal and will only increase the suffering of the people.

The referendum on July 30 is “unconstitutional as well as unnecessary, inconvenient and damaging to the Venezuelan people,” members of the presiding council of the bishops’ conference said in a statement.

“It will be a biased and skewed instrument that will not resolve but rather aggravate the acute problems of the high cost of living and the lack of food and medicine that the people suffer and will worsen the political crisis we currently suffer,” the statement said.

Tensions have steadily increased under the government of President Nicolás Maduro has continued to tighten his grip on power despite nationwide outrage against his administration of the country’s crumbling economy. [More]

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