Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has claimed victory in the controversial election for a new Constituent Assembly. Prior to receiving the election results, police officers riding on motorcycles on a major street in Caracas yesterday were injured in an explosion that occurred during clashes with protesters against the election.
Explosion in Caracas amid election opposition
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro claimed victory today (Monday) in the controversial election for a new Constituent Assembly to replace the current legislative body that is comprised of Maduro’s opponents. The new Constituent Assembly will allow Maduro’s government to rewrite the country’s constitution and will grant him more power.
A huge explosion injured several police officers in Venezuela during protests yesterday (Sunday) against the election in Caracas. A group of police officers were riding motorcycles on a major street when the blast occurred. Many protesters blocked the roads and clashed with security forces during the controversial election, which many believe will lead to the end of democracy in the country.
Police officers injured in huge explosion Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
As reported on Thursday by JOL, five people were killed in clashes between protesters and security forces in Venezuela. The US ordered family members of diplomats in Caracas to leave Venezuela and allowed the employees themselves to leave. In light of the growing crisis in the country, Colombian airline Avianca announced the suspension of flights to Venezuela.