>> More clashes on the streets of Caracas. Molotov cocktail bomb throwing Venezuelans braving tear gas and rainstorms late on Friday, violently clashing with security forces and blocking streets in the capital. They're protesting the upcoming election of a legislative superbody, that critics call a plan by President Maduro to create a dictatorship.
The election of the constituent assembly, which is due to take place on Sunday, has been broadly condemned by countries around the world as a weakening of Democratic governance in the OPEC nation, which is also struggling under a crippling economic crisis. Opposition demonstrators said urgency was increasing as they set up barricades along main roads in Caracas, pelted by sheets of rain and tear gas canisters fired by police.
Scores were arrested. There were fewer protesters on Friday than during a two day nationals strike this week. Confrontations with security forces which have left more than a 110 dead over the last 4 months, were relatively modest amid a government ban on demonstrations. Venezuelans have been protesting against Maduro to demand he respect the current opposition-led Congress.
And resolve chronic food and medicine shortages that have fueled malnutrition and health problems in the country.