Demonstrators react during an opposition rally in Caracas, Venezuela April 4, 2017.
The police of Venezuela on Tuesday used tear gas against the rally of the opposition that gathered to protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, APA reports quoting Sputnik.
The clashes began after authorities closed subway stations, set up checkpoints and cordoned off a square where opponents had planned their latest protest against an autocratic government and a crippling economic crisis. In addition, several opposition leaders organised roadblocks.
Two lawmakers were injured on Monday, and authorities have arrested two political activists and two military officers since the weekend.
Protesters had taken live chickens there to symbolize cowardice, but were confronted by government supporters.
"We're going to get rid of them, but we have to fight", said Jose Zapata, a 57-year-old electrician, as he marched with a stick in his hand.
At some venues, Maduro supporters reportedly threw rubbish onto protesters on the road from residential buildings.
"They want an intervention in Venezuela", said prisons ministry worker Juan Aponte, 34, who wore the red colours of the ruling Socialist Party.
The opposition-controlled National Assembly had called for the march ahead of a vote by lawmakers to remove members of the country's top court, less than a week after judges attempted to seize the power of Congress.
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The ruling was reversed, but the relations between the government and the congress remain tense.
The renewed instability sent Venezuelan bonds lower, with the benchmark 2027 paper's price down 4.4%.
Foreign pressure on Maduro has risen as scattered opposition protests have restarted.
"Here the world can see the dictatorial path Mr Maduro has chosen", Capriles said. The opposition said the TSJ's move was akin to a coup d'etat in favor of Maduro's regime.
On one major highway in Caracas on Tuesday, National Guard troops repeatedly fired tear gas to quell knots of demonstrators, who hurled objects back.
Maduro said that the demonstration was aimed at fostering violence in the country.
Referring to the judiciary's takeover last week of the congress' responsibility, which was later rowed back following global outcry, Moncada said: "You're imagining something that no longer exists so that you can promote intervention in Venezuela". The head of the OAS, Luis Almagro, has called for Venezuela to be expelled from the group, which would further isolate Maduro.
CARACAS, Venezuela-The Organization of American States on Monday took its strongest measure yet rebuking Venezuela's slide toward authoritarianism. "It is a real court of inquisition, carrying out abuses and vulgarities".
The head of the hemispheric Organization of American States and global rights group Amnesty International both condemned Venezuela for excessive repression.