- Title: Government-backed Constituent Assembly meets amid ongoing protests
- Date: 8th August 2017
- Summary: CARACAS, VENEZUELA (AUGUST 8, 2017) (REUTERS) OPPOSITION PROTESTERS TRYING TO BLOCK BUS FROM MOVING THROUGH STREET BUS/TRAFFIC MOVING THROUGH STREET WITH POLICE LOOKING ON AND KICKING TREE BRANCH ROADBLOCK OUT OF THE WAY OPPOSITION PROTESTERS GATHERED ON SIDE OF STREET - ONE WALKING PAST CAMERA WITH FACE COVERED, ONE PUTTING T-SHIRT OVER HEAD OPPOSITION PROTESTERS TALKING TO POLICE ROADBLOCK ON FIRE POLICE ON MOTORCYCLES FEMALE OFFICER PUTTING ON MASK POLICE ON MOTORCYCLES GOING DOWN THE STREET
- 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: LVA0036TARLMV
- 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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