The Dallas Morning News

Police fire tear gas in Venezuela protest

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CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan police fired tear gas Monday at an opposition march led by deputies of the National Assembly against Supreme Court justices they accused of carrying out a coup.

Several thousand demonstrat­ors led by deputies including National assembly leader Julio Borges were attempting to march to the office of the country’s human rights agency, when they were stopped by police forces who dispersed the crowd using tear gas.

The incident was the latest demonstrat­ion to be suppressed by police loyal to the government of President Nicolas Maduro, whom the opposition is trying to unseat over charges of violating the constituti­on and mismanagem­ent.

The opposition is demanding the removal of Supreme Court justices who issued a ruling March 30 stripping the National Assembly of its powers. The ruling was later withdrawn amid internatio­nal condemnati­on.

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