Venezuelan protesters storms National Assembly – beat up Lawmakers

Venezuelan protesters storms National Assembly - beat up Lawmakers
Supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro storm the National Assembly building in Caracas on July 5, 2017 as opposition deputies hold a special session on Independence Day.
A political and economic crisis in the oil-producing country has spawned often violent demonstrations by protesters demanding President Nicolas Maduro’s resignation and new elections. The unrest has left 91 people dead since April 1. / AFP PHOTO / Juan BARRETO (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)

Supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro stormed the National Assembly on their Independence Day on Wednesday with sticks, stones and pipes to attack lawmakers.

The attackers, some with bandannas etched with the Venezuelan flag tied to their noses, first besieged the building, trapping the lawmakers inside, threatening to cut water and power supply.

According to CNN, later in the day, they eventually pushed down the large wooden doors of the parliament, beating bloody the opposition lawmakers inside.

At least five lawmakers were injured, one of them beaten unconscious, but declared fine at the hospital.

Journalists in the building also claimed they were assaulted.

Opposition deputy Americo De Grazia (C) is assisted after being injured by supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro who stormed into the National Assembly building in Caracas on July 5, 2017 when opposition deputies were holding a special session to mark Independence Day. Pro-government activists wielding sticks and pipes stormed onto the grounds of the opposition-held National Assembly and beat lawmakers, leaving at least five hurt including three with blood streaming from their heads. / AFP PHOTO / Francisco BRUZCO        (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO BRUZCO/AFP/Getty Images)
Opposition deputy Americo De Grazia (C) is assisted after being injured by supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro who stormed into the National Assembly building in Caracas on July 5, 2017 when opposition deputies were holding a special session to mark Independence Day.
Pro-government activists wielding sticks and pipes stormed onto the grounds of the opposition-held National Assembly and beat lawmakers, leaving at least five hurt including three with blood streaming from their heads. / AFP PHOTO / Francisco BRUZCO (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO BRUZCO/AFP/Getty Images)

The lawmakers had been discussing an unofficial plebiscite, a national vote that would be a move toward an election seeking to oust the President.

They have however said that they will schedule another session to continue their discussions.

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