The Wall Street Journal: Deadly protests wrack Venezuela amid controversial election

CARACAS, Venezuela — Deadly protests flared across Venezuela as President Nicolás Maduro’s supporters voted Sunday for a new assembly to redraft the constitution, a pivotal move that has been sharply criticized by countries from Argentina to the U.S.

At least six people died, according to the attorney general’s office, amid clashes between antigovernment protesters and state security forces on a day that the president called vital toward unwinding the country’s political and economic crisis. The opposition said as many as 16 people died in the past 24 hours in the protests. The government has denied any deaths related to the election.

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