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15 Years Ban on Venezuelan Opposition Leader Henrique Capriles Sparks Violent Protest

  • Anti-government protests turned violent on Saturday in Venezuelan capital, Caracas, as thousands of right wing protesters took on the streets pelting stones. Venezuelan National Guard and security forces responded by using water tanks and firing tear gas canisters.

    The Venezuelan opposition were outraged after opposition leader Henrique Capriles was banned for 15 years from running for office on charges of “administrative irregularities”.

    Though Saturday’s march initially started peacefully, it soon turned violent that threw missiles and blocked roads.

    Protests started few days back after March 29 ruling by Supreme Court of Venezuela that said all powers of Venezuelan National Assembly are transferred to the court. Opposition allege that the court is stacked with loyalists of the government.

    Though the ruling was reversed, the opposition parties are yet again enraged after the ban on Henrique Capriles, who is seen by the right wing opposition as the best bet to take on the Chavistas.

    President Nicolás Maduro referred the protesters as "terrorists and vandals".