Tens of thousands of demonstrators shut down much of Venezuela’s capital on Thursday, blocking the city’s main artery to protest what they call ‘an attempted coup by the socialist administration’. A few young men were visibly injured after police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and sprayed the demonstrators with water fired from water cannon. This latest political crisis was triggered last week when the Supreme Court issued a ruling that nullified congress. President Nicolas Maduro instructed the court to roll back that ruling a few days later, but opposition leaders said the attempt to invalidate a branch of power revealed the administration’s true dictatorial nature.

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