Police fire pepper spray at opposition march in Venezuela

Apr 06, 2017, 01:25
Police fire pepper spray at opposition march in Venezuela

A rival pro-government march on the National Assembly was also staged, underlying the tense and combustible nature of an ongoing political crisis driven by a collapsing economy and what the opposition says it Maduro's drive to implement a dictatorship.

A move by the Supreme Court last week to take over the legislature's powers sparked worldwide condemnation.

Police used pepper spray on National Assembly head Julio Borges, two-time presidential candidate Henrique Capriles and rights activist Lilian Tintori, as they led protesters onto highways and jostled at barricades, witnesses said.

Riot police officers in Caracas were using water cannons, pepper spray and tear gas. The protest was the most violent since hundreds of thousands flooded the capital a year ago demanding the embattled president's ouster. "About 50-100 guys arrived on bike and started to shoot in the air", protester Bernardo Sanchez told local media, saying a bullet had lodged in his thigh.

"They want an intervention in Venezuela", said prisons ministry worker Juan Aponte, 34, who wore the red colours of the ruling Socialist Party.

Although it retracted that ruling over the weekend, the National Assembly remains powerless due to previous court judgments.

Opposition leaders have been staging small, targeted protests over the last few days that have resulted in some clashes with security forces and Maduro backers.

The head of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, condemned the crackdown "in the strongest terms", branding it "brutal repression".

Lopez added that the march aimed to "send a message that the Venezuelan Bolivarian Revolution is peaceful, it is not going to stop and it will continue leading the people". "We reject all acts of interventionism by the empire's lackeys", said Angelo Ribas, president of the Youth Institute in Caracas.

"From the north (the US), they give the order to the defeated fascist right of Venezuela to fill the streets with violence and blood", Maduro said on state TV.

The president made those statements, posted on Twitter, after OAS member countries resumed the extraordinary session on the situation in Venezuela, temporarily postponed by Bolivia, president of the council of that regional bloc.

The Supreme Court has since withdrawn the ruling, but the move drew criticism and condemnation from Venezuelan opposition politicians and global governments alike.

"The OAS has surpassed itself in aggression against Venezuela", Maduro said late on Monday.

Lawmakers passed one motion on Wednesday denouncing the "rupture" of Venezuela's constitution and another asking for the removal of Supreme Court judges.

Last week the Supreme Court voted to strip the opposition-led National Assembly of its last vestiges of power.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
  • With Amazon Cash, you can shop online without a bank card

    With Amazon Cash, you can shop online without a bank card

    With Amazon Cash, people print out an Amazon-generated barcode that can be scanned at local participating retail stores (i.e. Creating a service like Amazon Cash could help people underserved by banks or without credit or debit cards to shop online.
    Malaysians held in NoKor return home

    Malaysians held in NoKor return home

    Police chief Khalid said the North Korean embassy had at first confirmed the identity, but changed its stance the next day. But he said North Korea should never resort to unlawful action and go against global law and convention again.
    Jio Prime Membership Last Date Extended as Expected - 'Summer Surprise' Offer

    Jio Prime Membership Last Date Extended as Expected - 'Summer Surprise' Offer

    According to the sources from Reliance, it is assumed that over 72 million Jio customers have signed up for Jio Prime membership. With our investment in network expansion, you will see a dramatic improvement in service quality in the coming weeks.
  • Activist Greenlight's Einhorn Wants New GM Capital Structure

    Activist Greenlight's Einhorn Wants New GM Capital Structure

    After studying Einhorn's proposal for seven months, GM rejected the plan as well as his goal of getting four seats on GM's board. In 2017, the company plans to buy back about $5 billion of stock, which would allow it to shrink its share count by almost 10%.

    Trump welcomes Egypt's Sisi in Washington

    El-Sisi met both Trump and his Democratic political rival Hillary Clinton that month during the U.N. Granting el-Sissi a White House visit, she added, is "huge leverage".
    Islanders captain Tavares to miss final week of season

    Islanders captain Tavares to miss final week of season

    Anders Lee and the New York Islanders refused to pack in their late-season playoff push minus captain John Tavares. Lee quickly shuffled the puck to his backhand and put it through Kincaid's legs at 5:44 for his 29th of the season.
  • Disco biscuits, Spanish fly: Cosby lawyers to argue evidence

    Disco biscuits, Spanish fly: Cosby lawyers to argue evidence

    An aide escorts Bill Cosby to court in Norristown, Pennsylvania, for an April 3 pretrial hearing on sexual assault charges. Whereas prosecutors stated the jokes showed Cosby's propensity for drugging women, the defense said they were just jokes.
    What's Next For The Freedom Caucus?

    What's Next For The Freedom Caucus?

    Trump once again revealed himself to be a fraud who really doesn't give a damn about the lives of those who voted for him. It has dawned on Republicans after the healthcare bill defeat that they can't pass critical legislation on their own.

    Upward GDP revision sends Wall St higher

    Bank of America gained 2.3 percent, while other leading banks including Citigroup and Goldman Sachs climbed more than one percent. Jobless claims dropped by 3,000 to 258,000 in the latest week to reach near their lowest level in decades, MarketWatch reported.
  • Saudis announce new tax rate for Aramco amid plans for IPO

    Saudis announce new tax rate for Aramco amid plans for IPO

    Under the new tax rate, much of the company's payments to the government are expected to be in the form of dividends, not tax. That figure jumps to 85 percent tax on producers with invested capital that does not exceed $60 billion.

    Train derails while pulling into New York's Penn Station

    Riders should expect up to 30-minute delays during the afternoon peak period due to track constraints at Penn Station New York. A train derailed at New York's Penn Station Monday morning, according to New Jersey Transit officials.
    So the Jets signed Josh McCown, now what?

    So the Jets signed Josh McCown, now what?

    McCown, 37, arrived in the Big Apple on Friday and began talks with the Jets about filling a void at back-up quarterback. The Raiders' sixth-round pick in 2013 has 146 receptions for 1,413 yards and 10 touchdowns in his career.
popular