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Crisis deepens: Venezuela lawmakers injured in protesters' attack on parliament

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Staff Writer | July 6, 2017
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LatAm   The opposition-controlled National Assembly

Several Venezuelan lawmakers were injured Wednesday when supporters of President Nicolas Maduro stormed the legislature on the country's national day of independence.

Demonstrators took their protest inside the opposition-controlled National Assembly in Caracas to air grievances that continue to divide the country.

Authorities said several lawmakers were injured in the skirmishes. Some reporters said they were also attacked.

National Assembly President Julio Borges said at least seven legislative staffers and five parliament members were injured.

The clashes occurred as the national lawmaking body is discussing a plebiscite set for July 16 regarding the future of Maduro as Venezuela's president - an issue at the center of monthslong fighting in Caracas amid the nation's ongoing economic and political crisis.

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