High court re­jects bid to block Maduro’s con­sti­tu­tion rewrite

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CARACAS | Venezuela’s Supreme Court on Mon­day re­jected the chief pros­e­cu­tor’s mo­tion to stop Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro’s push to rewrite the con­sti­tu­tion as the restive na­tion con­tin­ued to be rocked by protests and a tran­sit strike.

The Supreme Court’s elec­toral branch de­clared Luisa Ortega Diaz’s re­quest in­ad­mis­si­ble on the same day anti-gov­ern­ment demon­stra­tors were march­ing to­ward the high court in protest of its re­fusal to stop Mr. Maduro’s spe­cial assem­bly.

Op­po­si­tion lead­ers said pro-gov­ern­ment armed groups clashed with pro­test­ers and jour­nal­ists near the Supreme Court and wit­nesses’ videos showed fist­fights and peo­ple be­ing shoved to the ground at the demon­stra­tion site.

Two months of anti-gov­ern­ment protests have left at least 68 peo­ple dead as demon­stra­tors de­mand new pres­i­den­tial elec­tions in the face of triple-digit in­fla­tion that keeps ris­ing, soar­ing crime and crip­pling food and med­i­cal short­ages.

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