Venezuela Vote Marred by Violence, Including Candidate’s Death

“If these other countries don’t recognize Venezuela as a democracy, it will be hard for them to look like a legitimate power,” said David Smilde, an analyst at the Washington Office on Latin America, a human rights advocacy group. Mr. Smilde mentioned a list of consequences that such isolation could entail, from access to bank loans to straining diplomatic ties with its largest neighbors.

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Figuring out where to vote in Caracas.

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One candidate for the constituent assembly, José Félix Pineda, a 39-year-old lawyer, was killed in his home the night before the vote. Prosecutors said an armed group had broken into Mr. Pineda’s home in Ciudad Bolívar on Saturday night and shot him dead there.

Hours later, a large explosion rocked a middle-class neighborhood in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, injuring at least seven police officers on patrol. Video circulating on social media showed the uniformed officers, all on motorcycles, riding into a fireball that had just erupted in front of them.

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Government supporters danced in front of a banner that translates to “the people of Venezuela support the constituent” as they celebrated the final campaign rally for candidates for the constituent assembly.

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Meridith Kohut for The New York Times

Nearby residents applauded as the security forces threw tear gas at them.

As the day wore on, government security forces used water cannons, rubber bullets and batons against protesters, just as they have for the last three months.

At least 10 people were killed in clashes between the police and demonstrators, the government said, including two boys, ages 13 and 17, who were shot in the western state of Táchira. A police officer was shot in front of a school in Táchira, and a…

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