In photos: A pro-government group burst into Venezuela's National Assembly
The 'Chavistas' stormed the National Assembly building in Caracas and attacked opposition deputies following an event to mark Venezuela's 206 years of independence. At least four deputies were injured, according to media reports.
5 Jul 2017 – 04:59 PM EDT
Opposition deputies fought with so-called Chavista 'colectivos,' a pro-government quasi-militia.
Crédito: Fernando Llano/Ap
Government supporters entered the National Assembly building after Venezuela's Vice President, Tarek El Aissami, led a solemn session to mark the country's 206th anniversary of independence from Spain. Crédito: JUAN BARRETO/Getty Images
Opposition lawmaker José Guerra alleged some of the attackers were armed with guns. Crédito: Fernando Llano/Ap
Opposition deputy Américo de Grazia, was wounded by supporters of President Nicolás Maduro after entering the National Assembly. Crédito: Fernando Llano/Ap
Opposition deputy Franco Casella is attacked by supporters of of the government of President Nicolás Maduro. Crédito: Fernando Llano/Ap
Workers at the National Assembly also came under attack from government supporters. Crédito: Fernando Llano/Ap
A government supporters falls to the ground during a fight with opposition legislators in the National Assembly. July 5, 2017 Crédito: CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/Reuters
Opposition deputies Luis Stefanelli and Leonardo Regnault, after government supporters attacked the Congress on Wednesday (July 5, 2017) Crédito: CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/Reuters
Pro-government activists try to break through the doors of parliament. The corridor that leads to the Chamber of Sessions was stained with blood after the brawl.
A wounded government supporter tries to leave the National Assembly building. Crédito: CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/Reuters
Opposition deputy Juan Requesens posted this photo on Twitter, and wrote: "Peace??? This is the result of their hate and ambition. They are murderers." Crédito: @JuanRequesens/Twitter
Opposition legislator Luis Stefanelli helps a government supporters wounded in fighting between rival political supporters. Crédito: CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/Reuters
As many as five opposition deputies with the MUD (Table of Democratic Unity) were injured, according to the National Assembly president, Julio Borges. Crédito: Fernando Llano/Ap
The first vice president of the House of Deputies, Freddy Guevara, accused the National Guard of failing to protect the Congress, and "permitting" the attack. Crédito: CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/Reuters
A masked pro-government activist kicks out at opposition legislator Franco Casella. Crédito: Fernando Llano/Ap
A National Assembly worker receives medical attention.
Crédito: CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/Reuters
This pro-government supporters was briefly detained by National Guards and later freed. Crédito: Fernando Llano/Ap