Tough times to follow in the footsteps of Chavez. The current president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, ran into some hostility on the streets.
If the referendum happens this year and Mr. Maduro loses, Venezuelans will have the opportunity to elect a new president. But the government, which is responsible for organizing such a vote, wishes to hold it next year. If Mr. Maduro loses in 2017, the leftist vice president will serve what is left of his six-year term.
Polls show that Mr. Maduro would be likely to lose a referendum.
The confrontation in Villa Rosa suggests that the tide may have turned in an area that once supported the president. It voted for Mr. Maduro and his predecessor and mentor, Hugo Chávez, in previous elections by significant margins.