In their march to the Venezuelan Supreme Court, several thousand demonstrators crashed again with forces on Saturday. By the afternoon the participants of the protest dispersed, observers reported. Eight days before the start of the reestablishment of the constitution, planned by President Nicolás Maduro, the opposition is likely to be sobering. On the same day, a high-ranking judge, who had just been appointed by Parliament, was also arrested.
“Persecution by the dictatorship” Julio Borges, President of the National Assembly, tweeted that the arrest of Angel Zerpa was part of the “persecution by the dictatorship” of Maduro. The socialist government gave no reason for the arrest. Zerpa was one of 33 new judges, elected by the opposition-controlled parliament on Friday for the Supreme Court to question the legitimacy of the government. It stated that a replacement of the judge in office was invalid and unconstitutional. With the march to the Supreme Court, the organizers of the protest had hoped to send a strong message to Maduro to cancel the date for the composition of a constitutional assembly. Security forces blocked the march. By Saturday afternoon the crowd in Caracas had remained comparatively small. A few thousand Venezuelans came together in the opposition halls in the east of the city, where there were hundreds or only dozens.
The National Guard used tear gas in at least one place in the capital. There were police officers on motorcycles. A young violinist who became a symbol of anti-government protests was apparently injured in a demonstration. Local TV recordings showed how Wuilly Arteaga blew from his nose. His shirt and his baseball cap, both in Venezuelan national colors, also had blood spots. Arteaga explained in a short video on Twitter, in which he was seen with a swollen lip and bandaged face, that he would be back on the road on Sunday.
It was unclear what had happened to him. Continue to expand power Irrespective of the demands of the protesters, Maduro wants to make a decision on the composition of the constitutional assembly on 30 July. The opposition accuses the government of trying to extend its power to the few remaining institutions that the socialist government has yet to control.