High court rejects bid to block Maduro’s constitution rewrite
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.