Venezuelans braved tear gas and rainstorms on Friday (July 28), violently clashing with security forces and blocking streets in protest of a legislative super-body to be elected on Sunday (July 30) that critics call a plan by President Nicolas Maduro to create a dictatorship. Saskia O'Donoghue reports
More clashes in the streets of Caracas. Molotov-cocktail bomb throwing Venezuelans braving tear gas and rainstorms late on Friday, violently clashing with security forces and blocking streets in the capital. They're protesting the upcoming election of a legislative super-body, that critics call a plan by President Nicolas Maduro to create a dictatorship. The election of the constituent assembly, which is due to take place on Sunday has been broadly condemned by countries around the world as a weakening of democratic governance in the OPEC nation, which is also struggling under a crippling economic crisis. Opposition demonstrators said urgency was increasing as they set up barricades along main roads in Caracas, pelted by sheets of rain and tear gas canisters fired by police. Scores were arrested. There were fewer protesters on Friday than during a two-day national strike this week. Confrontations with security forces, which have left more than 110 dead over the last four months, were relatively modest amid a government ban on demonstrations. Venezuelans have been protesting against Maduro to demand he respect the current opposition-led congress and resolve chronic food and medicine shortages that have fuelled malnutrition and health problems.