- Title: Maduro condemns acts of violence after National Assembly attack
- Date: 5th July 2017
- Summary: MADURO LOOKING ON ARMED FORCES MARCHING (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT, NICOLAS MADURO, SAYING: "I would like the opposition to condemn acts of violence when they attack members of the military like that of the Carlota (Air Base)... And they're silent, and they silence rightist governments. Or when they attack mother's and children's hospitals. I would like to see the right condemn the terrorist attack (that used) bombs and bullets on the Supreme Court headquarters in which they almost killed children, women and workers." VARIOUS OF ARMED FORCES MARCHING AND RUNNING THROUGH STREET DURING MILITARY PARADE TANKS IN PARADE JETS FLYING BY WITH COLOURS OF THE VENEZUELAN FLAG VARIOUS OF MILITARY VEHICLES DRIVING BY
- Embargoed: 19th July 2017 22:18
- Keywords: Venezuela military parade Independence Day Nicolas Maduro
- Location: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- City: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- Country: Venezuela
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0056OFZBK7
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- Story Text:Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro stopped short of blaming an attack on the National Assembly on government groups from the left or the right during a speech at a Venezuelan Independence Day march in Caracas on Wednesday (July 5).
Pipe-wielding government supporters burst into Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress earlier on Wednesday (July 5), witnesses said, attacking lawmakers and journalists in the latest flare-up of violence during the ongoing political crisis.
They injured at least three opposition lawmakers who stumbled bloodied and dazed around the assembly's corridors, witnesses and lawmakers said. Maduro described the raid as part of a series of recent "strange occurrences" on Venezuelan government buildings and said he condemned such acts of violence. Maduro told supporters at the parade that he would "never" be an accomplice in a "single act of violence." He ordered an investigation into the indecent.
Hours after the raid, by late afternoon, a crowd of roughly 100 people was still besieging the building, trapping people inside, witnesses said. Some of those outside brandished pistols and some shouted they would cut water and power supplies.
Maduro spoke from a military parade to celebrate the 206th anniversary of Venezuela's independence in Caracas.
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