Venezuela’s Opposition, Riding High Not Long Ago, Suffers a Crippling Blow

Mr. Maduro’s decision to sweep aside his rivals leaves them at a difficult crossroads, analysts said. Having finally succeeded at the ballot box after years of trying, the opposition finds itself having to contain popular anger on the streets, with some Venezuelans now insisting that violence is the best way to confront the president.

More than 120 people have already died in months of protests, with Sunday being the most deadly day of all.

As the dust settled on Monday and the crowds went home, opposition lawmakers were urging calm. They said they would not fight back even if the new constituent assembly were to force them from their chamber, as many radical leftists are now urging the assembly to do.

“If they come with arms to take control of the national legislative…

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