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Clashes break out in Venezuela parliament

Wednesday, May 01, 2013 - 01:07

May 1 - Fistfights break out in Venezuela's parliament as opposition members protest a measure to prevent them speaking, over their refusal to recognise Nicolas Maduro as president. Tom Dinham reports.

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Fistfights broke out in Venezuela's parliament on Tuesday, injuring a number of legislators, during an angry session linked to the country's bitter election dispute. Opposition and ruling party members traded blows and threw chairs and laptop computers during the brawl, with each side blaming the other for inciting the violence. Tensions erupted as opposition members protested moves to block them from speaking in the National Assembly, over their refusal to recognise the election victory of President Nicolas Maduro on April 14. One assembly worker said opposition legislators shouted "fascist" at the National Assembly leader and unfolded a protest banner reading "parliamentary coup". Opposition parliamentarian Julio Borges blamed the government for the brawl. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) JULIO BORGES, VENEZUELAN OPPOSITION MP SAYING: "We will continue fighting millimetre by millimetre, advancing, and giving the Venezuela of the future an opportunity. Precisely for this reason they (referring to the government) have to turn to violence because we have advanced and we are going to triumph." Maduro has condemned the violence and says he is taking measures to prevent further clashes.

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Clashes break out in Venezuela parliament

Wednesday, May 01, 2013 - 01:07