Pro-government thugs attack Venezuela congress; several lawmakers injured

As Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro attended a military parade marking the country's independence day, pro-government militias gathered outside the national assembly building.  Armed with wooden clubs and metal rods, they broke into the building, where lawmakers were in the middle of a ceremony also commemorating Venezuela's independence day. In full view of national guardsmen who were assigned to protect the building, the mob of Maduro thugs attacked opposition lawmakers, several of whom were injured.  It's just the latest outrage to roil the politics of Venezuela as the beleaguered president seeks to stifle growing opposition protests and prevent a referendum on his presidency from going forward. CNN: The Independence Day clashes in the opposition-controlled chamber were the latest outbreak of violence in a country struggling with a deepening economic crisis and sometimes bloody street protests calling for a change of government. Video and...(Read Full Post)