Venezuelans demand ousting of 7 Supreme Court magistrates

Protesters demanding the removal of the seven Supreme Court magistrates who nearly got rid of congressional powers in Venezuela last week were still clashing with security officers in Caracas on Thursday.

The country's opposition-led congress defined the move as President Nicolas Maduro's push for a dictatorship. Amid international pressure, the decision was overturned over the weekend. The violent street protests haven't stopped. 

"This is a dictatorship," Juan Requesens, a wounded lawmaker, wrote on Twitter. "This is how these savages try to prohibit the people from protesting the coup."

 

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Security forces cleared a march of thousands that later turned into a riot of dozens. Some masked students confronted authorities with rocks. Officers use of tear gas and water cannons eventually cleared the street. 

Along with one of the world's highest murder rates, Venezuelans also face triple-digit inflation. Maduro has yet to offer tangible solutions to the shortages of basic foods and life-saving medicines.

Maduro's socialist supporters fear his opposition is causing a volatile situation that could result in deaths. This week confrontations left at least 20 injured, according to the Venezuelan Penal Forum rights group. Maduro's opposition blames the violence on his political persecution. 

 

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