- Title: Violent clashes erupt in Caracas as controversial assembly vote looms
- Date: 29th July 2017
- Summary: TROOPS ARRESTING ANOTHER PROTESTER IN STREET TROOPS LEAD ARRESTED MAN INTO ARMOURED VEHICLE GENERAL VIEW OF TROOPS STANDING NEXT TO ARMOURED VEHICLE, ONE APPEARS TO ACCIDENTALLY FIRE TEAR GAS GUN
- Embargoed: 12th August 2017 00:28
- Keywords: clashes protests Venezuela constituyent vote assembly Maduro
- Location: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- City: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- Country: Venezuela
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA0026RMVYVB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Molotov-cocktail bomb throwing Venezuelans braved tear gas and rainstorms on Friday (July 28), violently clashing with security forces and blocking streets in protest of a legislative super-body to be elected on Sunday (July 30) that critics call a plan by President Nicolas Maduro to create a dictatorship.
The imminent election of a constituent assembly has been broadly condemned by countries around the world as a weakening of democratic governance in the OPEC nation, which is also struggling under a crippling economic crisis.
Opposition demonstrators said urgency was increasing as they set up barricades along main roads in the capital, Caracas, pelted by sheets of rain and tear gas canisters fired by police. Scores were arrested.
There were fewer protesters on Friday than during a two-day national strike this week. Confrontations with security forces, which have left more than 110 dead over the last four months, were relatively modest on Friday amid tropical downpours and a government ban on demonstrations.
Venezuelans have been protesting against Maduro to demand he respect the opposition-led congress and resolve chronic food and medicine shortages that have fuelled malnutrition and health problems.
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