Venezuelan security forces and protesters clash in the town of Tachiras ahead of President Nicolas Maduro's July 30 vote for a new Constituent Assembly. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NATURAL (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Venezuelan security forces and protesters clashed on Tuesday (July 18) in the town of Tachiras ahead of President Nicolas Maduro's July 30 vote for a new Constituent Assembly. Maduro's leftist government vowed to proceed with the vote, which would give the new body the power to rewrite Venezuela's constitution and supersede other institutions. Polls show a majority of Venezuelans oppose the Constituent Assembly, which critics say would be elected in a sham poll. Maduro insists it is the only way to bring peace after months of anti-government unrest that has killed 100 people and further hurt a crippled economy. Maduro's opponents say they drew 7.5 million people onto the streets at the weekend to vote in a symbolic referendum where 98 percent disagreed with the assembly.