>> Venezuela plunging further into chaos Thursday, with some calling President Nicolas Maduro's latest actions as nothing short of a coup d'état. The Supreme Court stripping Congress of it's powers, members of the National Assembly clash in with National Guardsmen outside the court, some opposition leaders branding Maduro a dictator, saying the Venezuelan court had dealt the final blows to democracy in the country.
Assembly President Julio Borges, calling the action nothing less than a government take over.>>
>> Venezuela's Latin American neighbors voicing outrage at what is largely being seen as Maduro's move to seize more power as he grapples with dismal approval ratings brought on by a severe recession, soaring inflation and acute shortages of food and medicine. But Maduro is defending the court's decisions. The latest, stripping Congress of the power to authorize him to create oil joint ventures, leaving Maduro alone to make or break deals, which impact the entire country.
The opposition is threatening a new round of protests this weekend. Previous demonstrations have drawn hundreds of thousands out into the streets.