CARACAS, Venezuela – Men wielding sticks and rocks have attacked a group of Venezuelan opposition lawmakers as they staged a demonstration to demand the removal of the Supreme Court judges who issued a ruling nullifying the country's congress.
The lawmakers were attacked by what appeared to be a pro-government group after releasing chickens outside the country's ombudsman's office in downtown Caracas on Monday.
Opposition lawmaker Jose Manuel Olivares said colleague Juan Requesens received a sharp blow to the face. Photos show Requesens bleeding from a wound above his eye.
The Supreme Court ruling threw the South American country into a political crisis last week. The decision was reversed on Saturday after heavy international criticism. Opposition leaders say the judges have to be removed to restore constitutional order in the economically embattled country.