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National guard official charged after Congress raid

CARACAS — Venezuela’s chief prosecutor filed charges on Monday against a senior National Guard commander over an attack on Congress in which four lawmakers were beaten up by pro-government activists.

As head of security at the National Assembly, Colonel Bladimir Lugo was responsible for troops who stood by Friday when the activists stormed into congress and began swinging wooden planks and steel bars at lawmakers gathered to commemorate Venezuela’s independence day.

Lugo is the third top official accused of abuses by chief prosecutor Luis Ortega since the start of near daily protests in April that have left more than 90 people dead.

President Nicolás Maduro has praised the behaviour of security forces in putting down the protests and personally decorated Lugo after an earlier incident in which he shoved National Assembly President Julio Borges.

— AP

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