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VENEZUELA AL DÍA, EL TIEMPO (Venezuela), CNN MEXICO(Mexico).

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CARACAS - As the country remains tense following the election of Hugo Chavez's handpicked successor, Venezuela’s National Assembly erupted in violence, as a brawl broke out between members of the ruling party (United Socialist Party) and representatives from the opposition (Democratic Unity Roundtable, which unites most of the opposition), reports Venezuela al Día.

There was a three-hour delay before Tuesday's session began, and opposing legislators suspected the ruling party was holding a private meeting where they planned the attack. When the session commenced, Diosdado Cabello, President of the National Assembly began by declaring that all congressmen must recognize the legitimacy of Nicolas Maduro as President of Venezuela. If not, they would be denied the right to speak during the assembly. The opposition reacted by blowing vuvuzelas and taking out banners, which led to the beginning of the physical clashes.

This violent episode was only broadcast through private media and social media that the opposition are offering as testimony. During the session no other press or media is allowed in the room except for the camera’s broadcasting on the official Venezuelan TV channel, www.antv.gob.ve, controlled by the ruling party, according to El Tiempo.

In an interview for CNN Mexico, opposition congresswoman Corina Machado said that a congresswoman from the ruling party took her and threw her on the ground kicking her and hitting her. “A congressman is hospitalized right now, Américo de Gracia, because five congressmen from the ruling party jumped on him, threw him down the stairs and kicked him right next to me. If Maduro does not condemn these acts, it proves his weak governability and ilegitimate regime.”

One of the injured Congressmen tweeted with a link to a video of the fight where he is trampled. "Michele Reyes deputy from the PSUV party with a tricolor jacket hits me for taking out a panel protesting so I could speak".

Michele Reyes dip psuv aragua Con chaqueta tricolor me golpea por sacar pancarta protestando que no dejaran hablar globovision.com/articulo/exclu…

— Julioborges (@JulioBorges) May 1, 2013

Solo en Venezuela twitter.com/AlejandroSleon…

— Eduardo Ponte (@acaballoregalao) 1 mai 2013

Injured reps Corina Machado and Jorge Borges

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New Probe Finds Pro-Bolsonaro Fake News Dominated Social Media Through Campaign

Ahead of Brazil's national elections Sunday, the most interacted-with posts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Telegram and WhatsApp contradict trustworthy information about the public’s voting intentions.

Jair Bolsonaro bogus claims perform well online

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Laura Scofield and Matheus Santino

SÂO PAULO — If you only got your news from social media, you might be mistaken for thinking that Jair Bolsonaro is leading the polls for Brazil’s upcoming presidential elections, which will take place this Sunday. Such a view flies in the face of what most of the polling institutes registered with the Superior Electoral Court indicate.

An exclusive investigation by the Brazilian investigative journalism agency Agência Pública has revealed how the most interacted-with and shared posts in Brazil on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Telegram and WhatsApp share data and polls that suggest victory is certain for the incumbent Bolsonaro, as well as propagating conspiracy theories based on false allegations that research institutes carrying out polling have been bribed by Bolsonaro’s main rival, former president Luís Inácio Lula da Silva, or by his party, the Workers’ Party.

Agência Pública’s reporters analyzed the most-shared posts containing the phrase “pesquisa eleitoral” [electoral polls] in the period between the official start of the campaigning period, on August 16, to September 6. The analysis revealed that the most interacted-with and shared posts on social media spread false information or predicted victory for Jair Bolsonaro.

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