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Government Supporters Attack Venezuela Opposition Leader

By on April 29, 2016

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2016, file photo, lawmakers vote on the daily agenda during the first National Assembly session in Caracas, Venezuela. During the floor debate Thursday, March 10. 2016, Venezuela’s opposition-controlled Congress gave preliminary approval to a bill that would put the country on the road to a presidential recall referendum. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)

In this Jan. 6 photo, lawmakers vote on the daily agenda during the first National Assembly session in Caracas, Venezuela. During a floor debate March 10, Venezuela’s opposition-controlled Congress gave preliminary approval to a bill that would put the country on the road to a presidential recall referendum. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)

CARACAS, Venezuela — Supporters of Venezuela’s socialist government have attacked the head of the country’s opposition alliance on a downtown Caracas street.

Jesus Torrealba was addressing reporters when a half-dozen government supporters appeared and began to hurl punches and objects at him, apparently without provocation. Torrealba defended himself with his fists, and government supporters began to throw chunks of the sidewalk at him. Some shouted “fire some lead” bullets.

Torrealba called Friday’s press conference to announce the suspension of a planned march to protest a government power rationing plan.

Torrealba was a Communist Party activist in his youth. He was elected the head of the wide-ranging Democratic Unity coalition in 2014 in an attempt to connect the normally elite-driven coalition with poorer Venezuelans once loyal to the government.

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