GUNFIRE BREAKS OUT AS VENEZUELA NATIONAL GUARD CLASH WITH ANTI-MADURO PROTESTERS | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

GUNFIRE BREAKS OUT AS VENEZUELA NATIONAL GUARD CLASH WITH ANTI-MADURO PROTESTERS

Venezuela security forces on Tuesday clashed with anti-government protesters seeking, in part, to remove justices from the Supreme Court accused of unconstitutionally favoring the ruling party, while supporting lawmakers locked in a bitter dispute with the administration of President Nicolas Maduro and the Supreme Court.

Previously, the opposition-controlled National Assembly had called for the march ahead of a vote by lawmakers to remove members of the country’s top court, less than a week after judges attempted to seize the power of Congress. The protest was the most violent since hundreds of thousands flooded the capital last year demanding the embattled president’s ouster.

Tuesday’s vote, however, was canceled after national guardsmen blocked the marchers as they attempted to cross Caracas’s main avenue, using teargas, pepper spray and water cannons to disperse the crowds. Ramon Muchacho, mayor of the Caracas Municipality of Chacao - an opposition stronghold - reported nine injuries including a gunshot victim, after the clashes with police and a rival protest by government sympathizers.

Security forces, including the Bolivarian National Police, or PNB, and the Venezuelan National Guard, or GNB, fired tear gas, pepper spray and water cannons in attempts to disperse protesters in Caracas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, this appears to be the beginning of close to a civil war, erupting in Venezuela, and I am concerned that we will not see the end of these demonstrations for some time to come, until the political direction of the country gets sorted.

Maduro's position as President becomes more untenable by the day, and it appears that declaring national elections, and quickly, is the only way to diffuse the situation here, but that does not appear to be happening.

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