Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Thousands of Venezuelans rallied on Wednesday in support of President Nicolas Maduro as regional governments seemed to back away from a threat to punish his socialist administration for violating its commitment to democracy. International pressure has been building on Maduro to yield to opposition demands that he face a recall referendum this year amid rising frustration with widespread food shortages and triple-digit inflation. On Tuesday, Luis Almagro, the secretary general of the Organization of American States, called for a special emergency meeting of regional governments to evaluate whether Maduro's jailing of opponents and blocking of legislation from the opposition-controlled congress had gravely undermined democracy and the rule of law. While that meeting, if it happens at all, is weeks away, analysts say Maduro has little to fear for now from hemispheric action.