On March 30 the Supreme Court in Caracas moved to take power from Venezuela's elected National Assembly, which was led by parties opposed to Maduro and has been critical of his policies.
Venezuelan security forces quelled masked protesters with tear gas, water cannons and pepper spray in Caracas on Tuesday after blocking an opposition rally against socialist President Nicolas Maduro.
An opposition demonstration on Monday was attacked by pro-government groups, with two opposition lawmakers hospitalized with head wounds.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Venezuelan riot police fired pepper spray and tear gas to disperse an angry crowd of several thousand anti-government demonstrators trying to make their way to congress on Tuesday in the country's largest and most violent protests in months.
Often at the forefront of provocative demonstrations, Requesens received more than 50 stitches after being hit by a stone when pro-government supporters confronted protesters at the public ombudsman's office earlier this week.
But opposition leaders say that is not enough.
"We're going to get rid of them, but we have to fight", said Jose Zapata, a 57-year-old electrician who attended the protests.
Demonstrators carry a banner reading "Elections now, justice first" during an opposition rally in Caracas, Venezuela April 4, 2017.More news: Russia's Supreme Court to consider Jehovah's Witnesses ban
"We want liberty in Venezuela".
However it retracted the ruling over the weekend, the National Assembly remains powerless due to previous court judgments.
The renewed instability sent Venezuelan bonds lower, with the benchmark 2027 paper's price down 4.4%. The opposition, which won control of the National Assembly in late 2015, accuses Maduro of wrecking the South American OPEC nation's economy and squashing democracy. But that would anyway be symbolic only given they require the support of other institutions that are behind Maduro.The president says his foes are seeking a coup with the connivance of Washington and compliant foreign media. "Maduro has chosen", said Capriles. The head of the OAS, Luis Almagro, has called for Venezuela to be expelled from the group, which would further isolate Maduro.
It didnt help Maduros case (which called the confrontation an impasse) that the Organization of American States (OAS) on Monday again warned his government, officially and through a Permanent Council resolution, about such strategies.
During an activity in rural Apure state, Maduro told supporters they were "in battle" against "imperialism."From the north, they have given the order to the defeated, fascist right wing to fill the streets of Venezuela with violence", he said late on Tuesday".
Venezuela's opposition won a National Assembly majority in late 2015, but the Supreme Court has overturned nearly all its measures.
"We reject the actions of a sector of the National Assembly that seek to erode political, democratic stability and constitutional order", the top court's Constitutional Chamber said in a statement, AFP reports.