Venezuela Opposition Leader Attacked, Party to File Complaint

The US-backed Venezuelan opposition group will file a complaint with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights over the weekend’s violent attack on its leader during a visit to a rural village as part of a tour to unite his party and allies.

Juan Guaidó implicated President Nicolas Maduro for the incident on Tuesday, sharing images from Saturday’s attack that he claimed revealed members of Venezuela’s ruling party.

Guaidó said at a news conference that they are not just going to denounce the attack in institutions “hijacked by the dictatorship, but in the corresponding international institutions”. 

With a slew of adverse convictions against socialist government critics, Venezuela’s legal system has virtually become a department of the administration, playing a major role in Venezuelan politics.

Guaidó was held back in a photo posted after the attack on Saturday, as crowds gathered around him and someone ripped his top off. 

At least two persons were hurt, Guaidó added, one with a wrist injury and the other with a concussion.

During a gathering of opposition leaders, an altercation occurred at a plant nursery in San Carlos, a hamlet some 168 miles (270 kilometers) southwest of Caracas, the capital. 

Guaidó is traversing the country as his party and supporters prepare for a primary election scheduled for 2023.

Maduro, who arrived in Qatar on Tuesday as part of a multi-stop trip across Europe and Asia, has said nothing about the incident.

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