Thursday, November 23, 2017

Venezuelan protests mark another fatality


Young man shot and killed by troops near Caracas is 9th death this month

The Associated Press
Posted: Apr 21, 2017 10:20 AM ET
Last Updated: Apr 21, 2017 10:20 AM ET

Authorities in Venezuela say a young man has been shot and killed in a street protest, becoming the ninth person to die this month during demonstrations in the South American country.

Vicente Paez, a city council member, said Friday that victim Melvin Guitan was wounded in Petare community east of Caracas when he was struck by a bullet during a protest being broken up Thursday by National Guard members deploying tear gas. Guitan was taken to a hospital, where he died Thursday night.

Tens of thousands of people opposed to Venezuela’s socialist government took to the streets that day in ongoing protests demanding elections and denouncing what they consider an increasingly authoritarian government. They were met by tear gas and rubber bullets as they tried to march to downtown Caracas.

Government officials dismiss the protests, characterized by street barricades and clashes with security forces, as violent and lawless efforts to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro’s leftist government with the backing of ideological adversaries in Washington.

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