The Americas

Venezuela opposition leader hit with a pipe in the face

  • Opposition Congressmen Julio Borges, wearing a helmet, is escorted by his bodyguards away from the National Electoral Council, CNE, as a government supporter insults him in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, June 9, 2016. Opposition members were turned back from the headquarters of Venezuela's electoral body where the group attempted to enter to demand the government allow it to pursue a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

    Opposition Congressmen Julio Borges, wearing a helmet, is escorted by his bodyguards away from the National Electoral Council, CNE, as a government supporter insults him in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, June 9, 2016. Opposition members were turned back from the headquarters of Venezuela's electoral body where the group attempted to enter to demand the government allow it to pursue a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)  (The Associated Press)

  • Opposition protesters are removed from the entrance of the headquarters of the National Electoral Council, CNE, by Bolivarian National Guards in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, June 9, 2016. Opposition members were turned back from the headquarters of Venezuela's electoral body where the group attempted to enter to demand the government allow it to pursue a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

    Opposition protesters are removed from the entrance of the headquarters of the National Electoral Council, CNE, by Bolivarian National Guards in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, June 9, 2016. Opposition members were turned back from the headquarters of Venezuela's electoral body where the group attempted to enter to demand the government allow it to pursue a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)  (The Associated Press)

  • An opposition protester argues with a Bolivarian National Police officer as he and other protesters try to enter to the National Electoral Council, CNE, headquarters in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, June 9, 2016. Opposition members were turned back from the headquarters of Venezuela's electoral body where the group attempted to enter to demand the government allow it to pursue a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

    An opposition protester argues with a Bolivarian National Police officer as he and other protesters try to enter to the National Electoral Council, CNE, headquarters in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, June 9, 2016. Opposition members were turned back from the headquarters of Venezuela's electoral body where the group attempted to enter to demand the government allow it to pursue a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)  (The Associated Press)

The leader of Venezuela's congressional opposition bloc says a government supporter hit him in the face with a pipe as he was attempting to make his way into a government building.

Congressman Julio Borges delivered a press conference after Thursday's attack with blood streaming down his face and bloody stains on his button-down shirt. He accused police of pushing him toward pro-government thugs.

Borges had been attempting to enter the headquarters of the country's electoral body in downtown Caracas with other opposition figures.

The opposition is pushing for a recall referendum against unpopular President Nicolas Maduro this year. They accuse the elections officials of dragging their feet to delay the process. Borges said the officials refused to meet Thursday.