A brawl broke out in Venezuela’s National Assembly on Tuesday, culminating from tensions arising from the nation’s disputed elections. The incident between government and opposition members left several people injured and came a few weeks after officials announced the results of the election to choose Hugo Chavez‘s successor.
Both sides pointed the finger at the other — as tends to happen. “Opposition lawmakers claimed they were physically assaulted in a planned ambush by supporters of President Nicolas Maduro’s government, while leaders of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela blamed the opposition for instigating violence,” according to CNN.
Reuters reported that an unnamed assembly member said the fight was triggered by opposition lawmakers shouting “fascist” at the National Assembly leader and unfolding a banner reading “parliamentary coup.”
“They can beat us, jail us, kill us, but we will not sell out our principles,” one of the opposition parliamentarians, Julio Borges, told a local TV station, showing a bruised and bloodied face. “These blows give us more strength.”
Government parliamentarian Odalis Monzon said she and some colleagues were attacked and beaten. “Today again I had to defend the commander’s [Chávez’s] legacy,” she said.
The assembly had passed a measure denying opposition members the opportunity to speak in the chamber until they accepted Maduro as president.
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