For the third time in a week, Capriles on Saturday led massive demonstrations in downtown Caracas to protest against the Maduro government.
Thousands took to the streets of Venezuela to protest against the country's unpopular President, Nicolas Maduro, in support of banned opposition leader Henrique Capriles. Several thousand people attended the demonstration.
Capriles lost narrowly in the 2013 election that brought Maduro to the presidency after the death of his mentor Hugo Chavez - father of Venezuela's "socialist revolution".
Speaking at a press conference Thursday night about rumors that the government was trying to shackle him politically, Capriles was defiant and called another protest for Saturday.
Demonstrators shout slogans against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro during a protest in Caracas in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday.
"They received us with gas and rubber bullets". Euronews correspondent in Venezuela, Eduardo Salazar Uribe, said: "After the crackdown on the march, some people went to the east of the city to continue demonstrating".
Capriles appeared energized by the protests. She said she's thinking about joining a sister and scores of college friends who have left the South American country seeking a better future.
Capriles reported the ban on his Twitter account.
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On Thursday, one anti-government protester was killed during clashes with police.
The Venezuelan comptroller's office has for a decade used a procedure known as "inhabilitation" that blocks politicians from holding office if they are deemed to have committed "irregularities" in managing state resources.
"These people do whatever they want".
The protesters are demanding the dismissal of all seven Justices of the Venezuelan Supreme Court after the apex court issued a ruling on 29 March, 2017 that all powers vested under the legislative body, the Venezuelan National Assembly, be transferred to the court itself, which is stacked with the government loyalists.
Maduro's offer to provide assistance comes a day after the Colombian government slammed Venezuela following a ruling from the country's top court that specified that it could assume some responsibilities of the National Assembly as long as the legislature continued to operate "in contempt" of the constitution.
It drew global criticism for last week's rulings, which seized the assembly's powers and revoked lawmakers' immunity from prosecution. Legislators gathered on Friday in front of the state human rights ombudsman's office at dawn, wrapping red tape emblazoned with the words "danger, do not enter" around the building in a surprise protest.
Capriles can appeal against his sanction within two weeks to the comptroller and within six months to the Supreme Court. The world's highest inflation rates (expected to pass 1,600 percent his year), price controls, and failed economic policies have resulted in severe shortages of basic necessities like medicines, milk, flour, toilet paper, and other essentials. The move was later reversed amid widespread worldwide condemnation, but with the unpopular Maduro under increasing pressure to call elections, the constant arrests at marches and threats against party leaders may be his best way to stunt the opposition's momentum, analysts said.
The state prosecutor's office confirmed on Friday that Mr Ortiz was shot in the hilly, low-income Carrizal area of capital Caracas, known for its state-provided housing, while he was at a protest.