A Venezuelan National Police officer kicks away a tear gas canister thrown back by demonstrators during a protest in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, April 1, 2017.

Soldiers fired tear gas on activists who attempted to march on government offices downtown and blocked their path with barricades and armored cars.

Venezuela’s president and Supreme Court backed down Saturday from an unprecedented move to strip congress of its legislative powers that had sparked widespread charges that the South American country was no longer a democracy.

(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)