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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Protests Erupt after Venezuela’s High Court Rejects AG’s Assembly Challenge


Pro-government and opposition protesters clashed on Monday in the western section of Caracas following a Venezuelan Supreme Court ruling that opened the way for the Maduro administration to hold a constitutional assembly next month, an EFE reporter on the scene confirmed. Opposition members started gathering near the Supreme Court around 8:00 am, awaiting a ruling on a motion filed last week by Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz challenging the constitutional assembly planned by President Nicolas Maduro. Police, however, put up barriers around the Supreme Court, preventing protesters from reaching the building. Ortega Diaz filed a challenge last Thursday to Maduro’s plan to hold an assembly to rewrite Venezuela’s constitution, saying that the “presidential decree did not comply with legal requirements.”. More…

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