File image of Nicolas Maduro. According to Venezuelan law, a constituent assembly can only be called by popular vote. The opposition, which boycotted the vote on the grounds that the creation of the assembly undermines basic democratic principles, is calling for protests against it. asking that Friday's planned installation of the assembly be suspended and urged Venezuela's security forces to avoid "excessive and disproportionate use of force" in dealing with protesters.
Ignacio J. Alvarez is Ortega's representative to the proceedings in Washington.
Ortega Diaz published photos apparently taken from security cameras showing dozens of guards deployed in riot gear outside the headquarters.
She also ordered prosecutors to investigate the allegations of election tampering.
Ortega said she had not been informed officially of any suspension but said she had heard about the possibility of it through "extraofficial channels". "The violent fascists, those who wage economic war on the people, those who wage psychological war, justice is coming for you". Henrique Capriles, an opposition leader, said that "the government wants to sell the constituent assembly as a solution to the problems".
It was not immediately clear who will replace her, or whether she will now be tried.
Ortega, a Maduro loyalist turned into the rare critic from within his government, vowed "to keep fighting for democracy and freedom in Venezuela".
Ortega has been a thorn in President Nicolas Maduro's side for months, after she broke ranks with him over the legality of the Constituent Assembly. More were threatened against the assembly's 545 members.
Tillerson's comments follow controversial elections held in Venezuela last Sunday, when millions of voters turned out to choose delegates for a National Constituent Assembly to rewrite the constitution - in spite of hostility from the USA and a boycott from the national opposition.
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Delegates of the National Constituent Assembly marched to Caracas's neo-classical legislative palace accompanied by hundreds of red-shirted government supporters.
Smartmatic was a company created by Venezuelans that provided electronic voting machines used during the administration of the late President Hugo Chavez.
"This shouldn't surprise anybody", assembly delegate Diosdado Cabello, a key leader of the ruling socialist party, said Saturday.
The new body is empowered to write a new constitution and may dissolve state institutions, including the opposition-led congress. "Enough with the deaths, enough with the repression", Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes said.
Venezuelan opposition, as well as the European Union and the United States, among other countries, refused to recognize the body's legitimacy. The US Treasury Department later froze Maduro's US assets and called him a "dictator" for pushing ahead with the election.
Pence says that "in recent days we've seen completion of Venezuela's collapse into dictatorship".
In a televised address on Thursday, Maduro called for calm.
Pope Francis invited the faithful worldwide to pray for the country and its people.