Members of Venezuela’s National Assembly marched to the headquarters of the National Guard in Caracas to demand that they, the armed forces and the government of Nicholas Maduro follow the constitution and respect the rights of all Venezuelans.
“This type of repression doesn’t have any legal justification," said Juan Andres Mejia, a National Assembly congressman. "Yesterday people were gassed, including from helicopters. The national police threw tear gas bombs at [medical] clinics where people were being treated, including children. We want to uphold the law.”
Opposition leaders and private citizens have been protesting against Maduro in the nation’s capital since the Supreme Court in Caracas moved to take power from the democratically elected National Assembly on March 30.
The assembly was led by parties opposed to Maduro and has been critical of his policies as a whole. The move to neutralize the assembly drew criticism and condemnation from Venezuelan opposition politicians and international governments alike. Credit: Juan Andres Mejia via Storyful