Fistfight Breaks Out at Venezuelan Parliament

    Opposition lawmaker Julio Borges arrives with a bruised face to his political party's headquarters before speaking to the press in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, April 30, 2013.  Members of Venezuela's National Assembly say post-election tensions set off a brawl between lawmakers that left Borges badly bruised and bleeding, after he and other opposition lawmakers tried to protest a proposal barring them from legislative activities.  The opposition has refused to accept President Nicolas Maduro's narrow April 14 victory, prompting the pro-government side to try to bar them from the assembly. Tuesday's fight was the second in which opposition legislators said the other side attacked them. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

    Opposition lawmaker after brawl on Tuesday. (Fernando Llano/AP)

    Oh Hugo Chávez, how things have fallen apart without you. Venezuela’s Parliament session got heated on Tuesday, with literal fistfights breaking out, leaving at least seven legislators bruised and bloodied. The fighting stems from the opposition party’s refusal to acknowledge President Nicolás Maduro—Chávez’s hand-picked successor—as the winner of the April 14 election. “They can beat us, jail us, kill us, but we will not sell out our principles,” said Julio Borges, one of the opposition’s legislators. Both sides accused the other of starting the melee, which turned violent after the National Assembly (controlled by Maduro’s party) passed a measure refusing to allow the opposition the right to speak until they recognized Maduro as president.

    Black eyes, bloody faces abound.
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