- Title: Explosion during vote for constituent assembly injures police officers
- Date: 30th July 2017
- Summary: CARACAS, VENEZUELA (JULY 30, 2017) (REUTERS) CLASHES BETWEEN PROTESTERS AND NATIONAL GUARD NATIONAL GUARD SHOOTING TEAR GAS PROTESTERS IN FOREGROUND PREPARING TO FACE OFF WITH GUARD IN BACKGROUND NATIONAL GUARD FIRING TEAR GAS AND RUBBER BULLETS PROTESTERS THROWING ROCKS NATIONAL GUARD FIRING PROTESTERS IN MIDST OF TEAR GAS PROTESTERS RUNNING GUARD FIRING PROTESTERS RUNNING PROTESTERS BUILDING BARRICADE VARIOUS OF OPPOSITION PROTESTERS WEARING WHITE STANDING BEHIND BARRICADE WITH VENEZUELAN FLAG VARIOUS OF OPPOSITION PROTESTERS BUILDING BARRICADE WITH TREES AND ROCKS OPPOSITION PROTESTERS GATHERED VARIOUS OF OPPOSITION PROTESTERS BUILDING BARRICADE WITH TREES AND ROCKS
- Embargoed: 13th August 2017 19:48
- Keywords: explosion constituent assembly police injured clashes
- Location: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- City: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- Country: Venezuela
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA0026RWS0G5
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: An explosion injured a group of police officers during a Sunday (July 30) protest in Caracas, leaving eight motorbikes smoldering on a main avenue as protesters blocked roads and clashed with security forces during a controversial election to elect a constitutional super-body that unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro vowed would begin a "new era of combat" in the crisis-stricken nation.
Maduro, widely disliked for overseeing an economic collapse during four years in office, has pressed ahead with the vote to create the all-powerful assembly despite the threat of further U.S. sanctions and months of opposition protests in which more than 115 people have been killed.
Opposition parties are boycotting what they call a rigged election. Their sympathizers erected barricades across roads around the South American country and scuffles broke out with security forces who moved in quickly to disperse hooded demonstrators.
Authorities confirmed three deaths over the weekend, including the killing of a candidate to the assembly during a robbery, although opposition lawmakers said the toll was much higher.
Polls show some 70 percent of Venezuelans oppose the vote which has been widely condemned internationally.
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