Saturday, 6 May 2017

Venezuela protests: Young man killed in Valencia

A young man has been killed in violence in the Venezuelan city of Valencia, amid protests against the rule of President Nicolas Maduro.

Hecder Lugo, in his early 20s, died from a head wound. Officials said he had been shot.

Youths looted shops in several cities. In Caracas an armoured vehicle was filmed ploughing into protesters.

At least 36 people have died and hundreds have been injured in weeks of protests.

Demonstrators are angry over what they describe as Mr Maduro's plans to amass power in his own hands.
They were particularly incensed by a recent decree that creates a 500-member constituent body to rewrite the constitution, a step that would bypass the opposition-controlled National Assembly.

A women's march is scheduled for later on Saturday.

An AFP correspondent in the northwestern city of Valencia said it looked like a disaster zone.

BBC    News.

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