Brawl breaks out in Venezuelan parliament after Marxists strip opposition of most of their legislative powers.
Political tension in Venezuela erupted in a massive parliament brawl that left several MPs bruised and bleeding, weeks after the country’s disputed elections.
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Opposition and pro-government MPs blame one another for the fight that began shortly after a banner, protesting a post-election ban stripping opposition lawmakers of most of their legislative powers, was unfolded in the National Assembly in Caracas.
Videos of the scuffle updated on YouTube show MPs trading punches and pushing each other on the floor.
Opposition MP Julio Borges appeared on a private television channel after the brawl, sporting facial bruises and blood running down one side of his swollen face.
“They can beat us, jail us, kill us, but we will not sell out our principles. These blows give us more strength,” Borges said. “(Assembly speaker) Diosdado Cabello has to be held to account personally.”