Venezuela opposition leader hit with a pipe in the face

The leader of Venezuela’s congressional opposition bloc was hit in the face and bloodied Thursday as he attempted to make his way into a government building.

Photographs circulating online showed Congressman Julio Borges being attacked with a pipe by men he identified as government supporters. He spoke at a press conference after the attack with blood streaming down from his nose and mouth, and bloody stains on his button-down shirt.

It was not clear what the pipe was made of.

Borges had been attempting to enter the headquarters of the country’s electoral body in downtown Caracas with other opposition figures. Security was heavy, with lines of police looking on.

Borges accused police of pushing him toward gangs loyal to President Nicolas Maduro.