Po­lit­i­cal stale­mate deep­ens as po­lice con­front an­gry crowds

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

CARA­CAS | Venezue­lan riot po­lice fired pepper spray and tear gas to dis­perse an an­gry crowd of sev­eral thou­sand anti-gov­ern­ment demon­stra­tors try­ing to make their way to congress on Tues­day in the coun­try’s largest and most vi­o­lent protests in months. At least nine peo­ple were in­jured, one of them with a bul­let wound.

The demon­stra­tors were try­ing to ac­com­pany op­po­si­tion law­mak­ers in a march to the Na­tional Assem­bly for a ses­sion, where they planned to de­bate re­mov­ing Supreme Court mag­is­trates who is­sued a rul­ing — since re­versed — last week they claim would have re­moved the last ves­tiges of power from the op­po­si­tion-con­trolled congress.

But po­lice blocked the op­po­si­tion’s planned route, forc­ing pro­test­ers to change their plans and con­gre­gate out­side a pub­lic hous­ing unit with the sig­na­ture of the late Hugo Chavez em­bla­zoned on its fa­cade.

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