Thursday, July 6, 2017

NEWS: #World (Venezuela) Venezuela's parliament stormed with guns and explosives

Protesters storm parliament with 'explosives' in Venezuela Daily Mail Online

Published on Jul 6, 2017

President's supporters storm Venezuela parliament with guns and explosives before beating several politicians to a pulp.


Pro-government activists stormed into the grounds of Venezuela's state legislature today and beat lawmakers, leaving at least five hurt and three with blood streaming from their heads, their colleagues said.

Military police guarding the site stood by as about 100 intruders brandishing sticks and pipes broke through the front gate of the National Assembly and into the interior gardens.

Local media reported that 'dangerous' explosives were detonated and various small explosions were heard from the legislative compound.

Bloodied victims were pictured after the attack and several people were wounded.

It was the latest eruption of political violence in three months of chaos in the oil-rich but poverty-stricken South American country.

The attackers were supporting President Nicolas Maduro against opposition demands for elections to remove him from office.

The mob reached as far as the corridors of the congressional building, striking and injuring lawmakers.

The attackers, one of them holding a gun, ordered journalists to leave the premises.

The speaker of the assembly, Julio Borges, in a Twitter message named five lawmakers who were hurt in the violence. Some were taken away for medical treatment.

'This does not hurt as much as seeing every day how we are losing our country,' one of them, Armando Armas, told reporters as he got into an ambulance with his head wrapped in bloody bandages.

Deputies also said that two employees of the assembly were hurt.

Tension is high in Venezuela after three months of anti-government protests that have seen 91 people killed in clashes with police.

Protesters blame President Nicolas Maduro for a desperate economic crisis. But he says the chaos is the result of a US-backed capitalist conspiracy by the opposition.

'The government always resorts to violence,' said opposition lawmaker Stalin Gonzalez after Wednesday's attack.

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