Photographer: Wil Riera/Bloomberg
Photographer: Wil Riera/Bloomberg

Venezuelan Turmoil: Two Days of Protest as Political Power Struggle Continues

Venezuelans took to the streets after the Supreme Court gutted the only opposition-run institution – the Congress – seizing its powers and declaring the elected body invalid. The move drew widespread condemnation from foreign governments and opponents of President Nicolas Maduro, who was accused of pushing his crisis-torn country towards one-man rule.

The ruling was largely rolled back on Saturday after the outcry, but opposition leaders are now promising a wave of demonstrations to demand fresh elections to bring about the end to nearly two decades of socialist rule. 

Juan Requesens, deputy of the National Assembly, sits on a National Guard barricade during a second day of protests.

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A demonstrator looks through a National Guard barricade.

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Demonstrators protest in front of the National Guard barricade.

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Anti-government student demonstrators shout in front of National Guard officers during the first day of protests.

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Demonstrators hold a banner that reads "Elections Now, No More Dictatorship."

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Demonstrators push against a National Guard barricade during a second day of protests.

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A demonstrator holds an upside down Venezuelan flag.

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Anti-government student demonstrators clash with National Guard officers.

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A demonstrator holds a sign with the face of President Nicolas Maduro that reads "No Mas Dictatorship, Out."

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Demonstrators clash with National Guard officers during a second day of protests.

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A demonstrator holds a sign that reads "No Dictatorship" while standing in front of the National Guard barricade.

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A National Guard officer discharges pepper spray on demonstrators.

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A demonstrator wearing a Venezuela themed hat looks through a National Guard barricade.

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An anti-government student demonstrator shouts while bleeding during the first day of protests.

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A demonstrator stands face to face with the National Guard.

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