Students in Venezuela clash with riot police, as anger at a Supreme Court decision to reduce the power of the National Assembly boils over. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). Activists in Venezuela's western state of Tachira rioted and clashed with police on Thursday, two days after the country's Supreme Court ruled to reduce the power of the country's opposition-majority National Assembly. The violent scenes are reminiscent of violent protests in Venezuela in 2014 that left more than 40 people dead and 800 injured during a wave of demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro. Having won control of the National Assembly in December due to voter ire at Venezuela's punishing recession, the opposition coalition have vowed to find a constitutional mechanism to oust Maduro's government in the first half of 2016. Venezuela is suffering the world's steepest inflation, a third year of economic contraction, and shortages of basic foods and medicines causing long lines nationwide.