Venezuela’s opposition announced a two-day national strike this week aimed pressuring President Nicolas Maduro to cancel a controversial July 30 election for a new congress.
Protesters rallied Saturday in Caracas for a march toward the embattled nation’s Supreme Court, chanting slogans opposing President Nicolas Maduro’s plan to rewrite the constitution.
National Guard troops used tear gas in at least one location in Caracas, blocking protesters with clouds of white gas and rows of officers on motorcycles.
A 23-year-old violinist, Wuilly Arteaga, who has become a symbol of anti-government protests in Venezuela, was injured in the face in Saturday’s clashes between protesters and security forces in Caracas.
Speaking from a hospital in Caracas, Arteaga said “No matter what, we will continue to fight.”
He became famous for playing his instrument in the middle of ongoing violent clashes in the Venezuelan capital.
Violence during four months of anti-government unrest has taken more than 100 lives, injured thousands, left hundreds in jail and further damaged an economy in its fourth year of a debilitating decline.