16 December 2018

Venezuela opposition march turns violent

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Police have used pepper spray to disperse people protesting against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela’s capital of Caracas. reports that police blocked a march by opposition supporters to the compound of Venezuela’s National Assembly on Tuesday as lawmakers were preparing for a debate on removing pro-government judges from the Supreme Court.

Protesters pelted police with objects as officers tried to prevent the crowd from reaching an area where rival pro-government demonstrators were staging their own rally.

Anti-government protesters condemned the move last week by the Supreme Court to take over powers from the opposition-controlled Congress.

The court has backtracked from its ruling but lawmakers in the Congress plan to discuss moves to try to fire judges from the court.

"All we're demanding is that our constitutional rights be respected," said a former politician during the Tuesday rally, asking the government to restore powers to the opposition majority in the Congress.

2017.04.04 / 23:59
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