Violent demoes come one day after Nicolas Maduros government barred Henrique Capriles from operating for office for 15 years
Police in Venezuela have burnt tear gas and rubber bullets at some of the thousands of objectors who ran into the streets of Caracas on Saturday amid a weeklong complain motion that shows little sign of losing steam.
Thousands of people, some carrying signs reading Dictator Maduro! and Elections now! in support of banned opposition leader Henrique Capriles, took part in processions across the country against unpopular leftist president Nicols Maduro.
The demoes in the capital and several other cities arrived a period after Maduros government barred Capriles from operating for office for 15 years.
The ban capped a tumultuous 10 day-crackdown that appreciated pro-government groups assault several opposition leaders.
The complains were triggered by the Supreme Courts decision to gut the opposition-controlled legislature of its last vestiges of power, a move that was later overruled amid widespread international censure and even dissent within Maduros ordinarily disciplined socialist leadership.
Nobody can disqualify the Venezuelan people, an emotional Capriles said from a stage Saturday as he called on objectors to march to the ombudsmans office downtown.
As the sea of objectors approached the headquarters of state-run PDVSA oil company, they were met by rubber bullets and a drapery of eye-scorching tear gas.
Mayhem ensued, with riot police racing down windy streets, dodging objects hurled from tall apartment buildings as they deployed to squash the unrest.
Later, a small group of youths unsuccessfully tried to set fire to a Supreme Court office building.
The violence was condemned by the opposition leadership, who nonetheless blame Maduros obstinacy for fuelling the unrest.