BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Venezuelan security forces on Tuesday clashed with protesters on the streets of Caracas as thousands gathered to protest a decision by the country’s Supreme Court to seize power from the legislature.
While the court reversed the most disputed parts of its ruling on Saturday, that did not stop crowds from massing in a large middle-class Caracas district to accuse President Nicolás Maduro of trying to eviscerate Venezuela’s democratic institutions and establish one-man rule.
The National Guard and the national police arrived about an hour after the demonstration began, firing tear gas into the throngs and deploying trucks mounted with water cannon. Armed pro-government gangs harassed protesters and shot one person in the leg, according to Ramón Muchacho, the mayor of Chacao, a neighboring district. At least eight others were hurt, he told reporters.
“I march today to see my family reunited again,” said Lilian Tintori, an opposition activist whose husband, Leopoldo López, a former mayor of Chacao, is serving a nearly 14-year prison sentence.
The protest was the opposition’s most recent attempt to focus resentment against Mr. Maduro, who was seen as being behind the botched attempt last week to effectively dissolve the National Assembly. While the rally attracted large crowds, it failed to mobilize poor Venezuelans, whom Mr. Maduro’s leftist movement says it represents.
Last Wednesday, the Supreme Court, full of Maduro loyalists, removed all powers from the legislature, finding it in contempt and giving the judges authority to write laws. Mr. Maduro and the Assembly had been at odds since the opposition took control of the chamber in early 2016.
Despite the tear gas and the pro-government gangs, Tuesday’s protest was a chance for many to renew grievances against the government’s handling of the economy, which contracted an estimated 10 percent last year, leaving shortages of basic foods and medicines. It began in Libertador, a district that supports Mr. Maduro, before moving to other areas.
The move to dissolve the legislature drew widespread condemnation from Venezuela’s neighbors.
But perhaps the most meaningful dissent came from within the ranks of Mr. Maduro’s leftist movement itself. On Friday, Luisa Ortega, the attorney general, described the ruling as a “rupture of the constitutional order.”
Hours later, Mr. Maduro said that he had asked the court to review its decision.