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Pro-government supporters push on the entrance gate of the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. Government supporters interrupted a special congressional session where lawmakers were discussing bringing legal charges against President Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Venezuela's top court blocked a bid to oust the president and Parliament called it a coup

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The fact that lawmakers elected by 7.5 million people were silenced by 300 thugs sums up the situation better than any speech could.
Jesus Torrealba, opposition party spokesman

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. 

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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during the opening of the third United Nations Habitat Conference, in Quito, Ecuador, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. The meeting kicked off in Quito on Monday with the goal of tackling haphazard growth and fostering livable, self-sustaining cities amid a boom in the global urban population. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

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.
Julio Borges

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!"

Venezuela's top court blocked a bid to oust the president and Parliament called it a coup

WATCH  | Here's how hectic things got on Sunday. 

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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