Venezuelan's opposition said more than 7.1 million people responded to its call to vote Sunday in a symbolic rejection of President Nicolas Maduro's plan to rewrite the constitution, a proposal that has raised tensions in a nation suffering through widespread shortages and months of anti-government protests.
The symbolic plebiscite was aimed at denting Maduro's legitimacy further amid a crippling economic crisis that has left millions struggling to eat and months of anti-government unrest that has killed almost 100 people.
"Today, July 16, dignity won and tyranny lost", said opposition leader Maria Corina Machado.
"The result is a remarkable show of force for Venezuela's opposition", New York-based Torino Capital said, noting participation also meant openly defying the government.
Sunday's opposition vote was a strong but not overwhelming showing that fell short of the opposition's 7.7 million-vote showing in 2015 legislative elections and the 7.5 million votes that brought Maduro to power in 2013.
The chief prosecutor's office confirmed Escot - who was a nurse - had been killed and four others wounded in the incident.
Still, Maduro has vowed that Sunday's referendum will do nothing to stall a July 30 election for delegates for a constituent assembly, which will be responsible for rewriting the country's 18-year-old constitution.
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Mr Fox went to Venezuela on Saturday in a group of Latin American former presidents to support the Opposition referendum. Moncada offered no evidence to support his accusations.
The opposition has criticized Maduro's Constituent Assembly as an attempt to establish a dictatorship in which the National Assembly's powers would be further weakened.
According to Borges, once all ballots are counted, there will be some 7.5 million votes in the latest poll, which he said would be sufficient to overturn Maduro's mandate if there was a referendum.
Maduro and the military dominate most state institutions, but the opposition controls the congress and holds three of 23 governorships.
"One particular thing that makes this act unlawful is that they never consulted with the people if they people want to change the constitution".
"Prisoners are persecuted in front of arbitrary military tribunals, violating the Constitution...as if they were unsafe animals", they added.
98% of voters in an opposition referendum in Venezuela have declared themselves against the plans of President Maduro to elect a "Constituent Assembly", and adopt a new constitution. Mass protests have become a almost daily occurrence in Venezuela since the crisis began in early April, after the Supreme Court, which many see as filled with pro-government judges, dissolved parliament and transferred legislative power to itself.