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Protesters stormed Venezuela’s National Assembly, hurting several lawmakers

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Dozens of pro-government protesters burst into Venezuela’s National Assembly on Wednesday, according to AFP.

AFP journalists at the Assembly said that demonstrators broke through the gate, brandishing sticks and eventually igniting fireworks in the building’s interior gardens.

Activists reportedly attacked and injured three lawmakers, also ordering media members there to stop filming and photographing the incident.

Lawmaker Yajaira de Forero said three of her colleagues were struck, including one who was taken away for medical aid.

Many Twitter users on Wednesday shared graphic images from the fracas, which occurred amid rising tension between Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and opposition lawmakers.

Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami reportedly made an unexpected visit to the Assembly Wednesday before the violence there.

Aissami was purportedly accompanied by Vladimir Padrino Lopez, the head of Venezuela’s armed forces, and urged Maduro’s supporters to visit the Assembly in support of the president.

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Venezuela has suffered three months of anti-government protests that have seen 91 people killed in clashes between police and demonstrators.

Maduro has repeatedly blamed the unrest on a U.S.-backed capitalist conspiracy from opposition politicians.

Protesters have charged, meanwhile, that Maduro’s government is responsible for Venezuela’s economic woes.

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