The fact that lawmakers elected by 7.5 million people were silenced by 300 thugs sums up the situation better than any speech could.
On Thursday, Venezuela's high court blocked a referendum calling for the removal of President Nicolas Maduro.
On Sunday, Venezuela's Parliament said the court's action amounted to a coup.
The high court is seen as pro-Maduro, whose tenure has been marked by a stunning economic collapse.
We will bring a political trial against President Nicolas Maduro to get to the bottom of his role in the break with democracy and human rights here.
Lawmaker Julio Borges, a member of the opposition to Maduro in Parliament, said legislators are now in "open rebellion."
On Sunday, dozens of protesters stormed the heavily guarded Parliament building, chanting "Congress will fail!"
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80 percent want Maduro gone
However, the opposition party has struggled to make alliances with the ruling Socialist Party. And since Maduro's administration effectively controls the courts, a constitutional crisis is unlikely to tilt in the opposition's favor.
But polls show as many as 80 percent of Venezuelans want Maduro removed from office. Food shortages have wracked Venezuela, and inflation is on pace to hit 1,600 percent in 2017, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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