PHOTOS: Chaos in Venezuela as Police Repress Resistance to Supreme Court ‘Self-Coup’
by FRANCES MARTEL
3 Apr 2017
Members of Venezuela’s anti-socialist opposition took the streets of the nation this weekend to protest a move by the Supreme Court to usurp federal legislative power, nullifying the opposition-controlled National Assembly.
While the court ultimately backtracked on Wednesday’s ruling calling for legislators to be stripped of immunity and fully granting itself lawmaking authority, the judiciary has not restored the National Assembly’s powers, nor has it rescinded its demand that three opposition legislators be stripped of their powers due to socialist accusations of “fraud.”
Venezuelans protested Wednesday’s ruling every day for the past week, with the most violent protests occurring in Caracas, many before the judiciary themselves. Al-Jazeera reports that, on Friday, the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) “fired buckshot and swung batons” at unarmed protesters in front of the Supreme Court. The GNB fighters remained in riot gear during the protests and shoved protesters.