>> Venezuela marked a chaotic Independence Day on Wednesday. Progovernment forces bursting into the opposition controlled National Assembly, attacking and bloodying lawmakers and journalists. Witnesses said several dozen people came into the building armed with metal pipes, sticks, and rocks.>> Paramilitary groups with ties to the government, broke into the Legislative Palace.
Four lawmakers were injured with cut heads, broken bones.>> Reuters' photographer, Carlos Garcia, is inside the National Assembly, where the lawmakers are still besieged by progovernment activists.>> We are still surrounded by this group of progovernment supporters, and they are outside just shouting and singing and saying slogans and things like that.
They are just outside and they don't let anybody to go out. And right now, maybe five minutes ago, arrive a group of National Guards and they are just standing the inside of the gate of the National Assembly that the progovernment supporters>> Venezuela has been convulsed by antigovernment protests since Apri,l as anger mounts against the Socialist Government of Nicolas Maduro.
At least 90 people so far have been killed in the clashes. Meanwhile, a police officer and movie star, who last week hijacked a helicopter and used it to drop grenades on government buildings, surfacing in an internet video. Police pilot, Oscar Perez, vowing to continue to fight to liberate his country, claiming the attack was "perfectly achieved."
>> There was no collateral damage, because it was programmed, because we're not murderers like you are, Nicolás Maduro.>> Maduro accuses his critics of trying to stage a coup, and rejected calls for a General Election. Instead, the ruling party plans to hold elections to create a Constituent Assembly, a body which could modify the nation's constitution.
The opposition has promised to boycott the vote, which it says is rigged in favor of the ruling socialists.