Venezuela National Assembly stormed by Maduro supporters

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About 100 government supporters have burst into Venezuela’s opposition-controlled National Assembly, where they beat up several lawmakers.

Witnesses said the confrontation came after an assembly session to mark the country’s Independence Day.

Military police guarding the site stood by as intruders brandishing sticks and pipes broke through the gate, AFP said. The government vowed to investigate.

Hours later, 350 people were still besieged, the assembly’s speaker said.

Julio Borges said on Twitter that there were 108 journalists, as well as students and visitors, among those inside. Witnesses told Reuters news agency that some of the people were being allowed out.

Mr Borges also named five of the lawmakers injured. Some were taken away for medical treatment.

Venezuela has been shaken by often violent protests in recent months and is in economic crisis.

“This does not hurt as much as seeing every day how we are losing our country,” deputy…

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