- Title: Government-backed Constituent Assembly meets amid ongoing protests
- Date: 8th August 2017
- Summary: PROTESTERS HANGING VENEZUELAN FLAG / SIGNS TO BLOCK ROAD WOMEN SECURING ROADBLOCK BANNER WITH CLOTHESPINS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PROTESTER, ANA PITO, SAYING: "We will stay in the street until Venezuela returns to what it was before. Until there are not lines at the markets like those that I saw not 20 metres away, until there is medicine in the pharmacy, until children don't eat out of trash bags." BANNER BLOCKING ROAD READING: "THE FIGHT OF A FEW IS WORTH IT FOR THE FUTURE OF MANY"
- Embargoed: 22nd August 2017 21:07
- Keywords: Nicolas Maduro Delcy Rodriguez National Assembly
- Location: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- City: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- Country: Venezuela
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0056TARLMV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT INCLUDES NUDITY
Venezuela's controversial and government-backed Constituent Assembly met on Tuesday (August 8) and Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino addressed the group, pledging that the military would protect the interests of the country.
The session came just days after members were sworn in amid widespread international condemnation. Constituent Assembly President Delcy Rodriguez presented Padrino with a document pledging government support of the military.
During his speech, Padrino addressed a weekend attack on the Fort of Paramacay military base. He said young people involved in the incident had been "deceived."
Meanwhile, opposition protesters set up roadblocks throughout Caracas and faced off with police, some covering their faces and some removing their clothes entirely.
Over the past four months, more than 120 people have been killed in protest-related clashes.
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