A wave of bloodshed swept Venezuela yesterday as troops cracked down on violent protests against elections to choose members of a powerful assembly that President Nicolas Maduro has tasked with writing a new constitution.

Protesters attacked polling stations and barricaded streets around the country, drawing a bloody response from security forces, who opened fire with live ammunition in some cases.

At least 10 people were killed in violence around the vote, bringing the death toll to 120 people in four months of protests.
Maduro has decreed a ban on protests during and after the vote, threatening prison terms of up to 10 years.
-SABC News