Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in a May Day address called on the country's workers to keep defending their rights and the fight for better wages, warning that the opposition was assaulting the record of his government in an attempt to restore what he cast as cut-throat capitalism.
“I shall insist: a united working class (is what we need) to fight the oligarchy,” said Maduro, speaking from the presidential palace, highlighting a 30 percent hike in the minimum wage as the sort of achievement his opponents would like to roll back.
“We faced many kinds of plots, from coup d'etat to imperialist harassment, dirty campaigns, economic sabotage; yet now we are breaking the world record of public and free education for our children," he added.
The address comes as Venezuela's opposition, which took over the National Assembly last fall, is seeking to oust Maduro—elected in 2013—through a recall referendum.
Thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets on May 1 in order to defend the achievements made on labor rights and social justice during the Bolivarian Revolution.