Venezuela opposition leader banned from running for office

Opponents in the legislature have so far failed to organize a recall referendum and early elections. Both are pro-government and unlikely to overturn the decision.

In addition to the slain youth, dozens of people were injured Thursday, including at least 19 who required medical attention, mostly for breathing problems after inhaling tear gas.

Having been impeded from reaching the National Assembly on Tuesday, lawmakers headed to the building in downtown Caracas from daybreak on Wednesday, some with head-wounds or bandaged arms from the clashes of recent days.

Venezuelan opposition activists scuffle with National Guard personnel in riot gear during a protest in front of the Supreme Court in Caracas.

What began as a peaceful demonstration turned violent in the afternoon, as soldiers used tear gas and water hoses to disperse crowds and protesters hurled rocks.

"Mr. Capriles, you're trying to ignite the country", Socialist Party official Freddy Bernal said during a government rally on Thursday.

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Tens of thousands of demonstrators shut down much of Venezuela's capital on Thursday, blocking the city's main artery to protest what they call an attempted coup by the socialist administration.

If effective, it will remove from the political ring one of the most prominent contenders in the center-right opposition that is pushing to remove Maduro from office. With Capriles out of action, and his fellow opposition leader, the imprisoned Leopoldo Lopez, out of commission, Maduro is steadily thinning the ranks of any serious rivals. Image credit: EFE/ Cristian Hernández.

On Wednesday opposition lawmakers launched an effort to fire the judges.

An estimated 1 000 people tried to march to the National Assembly to demand the government restore powers to its opposition majority.

There's still this narrative that a lot of people identify with, even if they oppose Maduro there's this idea that he's the elected president and is part of a political project that has defended their interests, even if its now not doing so.

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Meanwhile, the opposition continues to take their protest to the streets, and they are constantly persecuted by armed forces.

The South American country is suffering from triple-digit inflation, shortages of basic foods and medicines, and one of the world's highest murder rates.

Venezuela is suffering from triple-digit inflation, shortages of basic foods and medicines, and one of the world's highest murder rates.Maduro's government has said that a USA -backed business elite is responsible for Venezuela's economic downturn and that it is trying to foment a coup to impose right-wing rule.

A Tuesday protest dominated by young people saw clashes between demonstrators and police and led to handful of serious injuries and arrests.

"We are going to keep fighting for change, opposing repression and dictatorship", lawmaker Juan Requesens, who had a gash on his head, said at 6:30 a.m. while en route to the session.

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