Venezuelan opposition demonstrators clash with police even as the government of President Nicolas Maduro looks to cool outrage over a Supreme Court power grab. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Venezuela's pro-government Supreme Court revoked its takeover of the opposition-led Congress on Saturday (April 1) after it drew international condemnation and protests against socialist President Nicolas Maduro. Though Maduro declared the "controversy over," in the early morning hours of Saturday, hundreds of opposition protesters still took to the streets of Caracas to demonstrate against the government on Saturday. Police dispersed some with tear gas as residents banged pots and pans to support the demonstrators. Tensions were high as demonstrators clashed with police armed with riot gear, tear gas and pepper spray. Maduro, 54, who had faced dissent even within government ranks over the Supreme Court's move, sought to cast developments as the achievement of a statesman resolving a power conflict beneath him. But foes said it was a hypocritical row-back by an unpopular government that overplayed its hand in a power grab. The Supreme Court's flip-flop may take the edge off protests but Maduro's opponents at home and abroad will seek to maintain the pressure. They are furious that authorities thwarted a push for a referendum to recall Maduro last year and postponed local elections scheduled for 2016. Now they are calling for next year's presidential election to be brought forward and the delayed local polls to be held, confident the ruling Socialist Party would lose.