Venezuela: Chavistas break into National Assembly on Independence Day

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 15:30

On July 5th, approximately a hundred Chavista activists rushed into the building of the National Assembly carrying sticks and pipes, and besieged for several hours a group of about 350 people that included national representatives, journalists, visitors and students. Five members of the assembly –the national legislative body, currently controlled by a majority of representatives of opposition parties- ended with multiple injuries.

Previous to the attack, a crowd had been gathering around the building for several hours, during which the legislative body held a session in commemoration of Venezuela’s national independence day. An unexpected appearance of several members of the Executive –including the head of the armed forces, Vladimir Padrino Lopez and some ministers- interrupted the session, allowing Vice President Tareck El Aissami to give a speech urging sympathizers of the government to demonstrate in support of the President. The military police guarding the legislature acquiesced to the break-in by stepping aside while the intruders accessed the building. President Maduro denied any involvement in the episode and expressed commitment to opening an investigation.

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Javier Vázquez-D'Elía
Javier is Coordinating Editor on Panoramas. He received a PhD in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh, specializing in Comparative Politics and Political Theory. His main areas of interest are the politics of social policy reform, state formation, democratic governance, and comparative methodology.