Venezuelan Parliament building on Wednesday was attacked by armed civilian groups after a clash broke out between lawmakers and the military police of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB), opposition legislator Julio Borges said.
The clash on Tuesday left at least two female members of parliament injured, Efe news quoted Borges as saying. According to the National Assembly’s Twitter account, opposition lawmaker Delsa Solorzano and several reporters were also injured.
“Different lawmakers and Assembly personnel saw (GNB) officers entering (the building) with boxes from the National Election Council … and a clash occurred there between the GNB officers and the lawmakers,” Borges said.
As a result, the parliamentary session was interrupted. Borges then proceeded to talk with the officer responsible for the institution’s security in order to resolve the conflict.
However, immediately groups of civilians entered through the doors of the National Assembly building, he said. These people launched fireworks rockets and other materials inside the House, according to some videos published on the social media.
According to President Nicolas Maduro a helicopter fired on Venezuela's Supreme Court in a confusing incident that he claimed was part of a conspiracy to destabilize his socialist government.
An Associated Press reporter heard gunfire as a blue helicopter buzzed through downtown but was unable to confirm where the shots were being fired from.
The gunfire took place as Maduro was speaking live on state television to pro-government journalists gathered at the presidential palace. He said the chopper fired upon offices of the court and launched a grenade that didn't explode before buzzing over the interior ministry.