Protests in Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Security forces violently repressed small protests that broke out in Venezuela’s capital Friday after the government-stacked Supreme Court gutted congress of its last vestiges of power, drawing widespread condemnation from foreign governments.

Governments across Latin America condemned the power grab, with the head of the Organization of American States likening it to a “self-inflicted coup” by socialist President Nicolas Maduro’s “regime” against the opposition-controlled congress. The United Nations’ top human rights official called on the high court to reverse its decision.

In Caracas, national guardsmen in riot gear fired buckshot and swung batons at a small group of students who gathered early outside the Supreme Court.

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