Political stalemate deepens as police confront angry crowds
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.