Monday, 31 July 2017

Deadly protests as Venezuela poll branded 'sham'

Britain and the US have called Venezuela's landmark vote a "sham" as 10 people - including two teenagers - were killed during violent protests.
Many in the South American country say it is heading for dictatorship and boycotted Sunday's vote for an assembly that would give President Nicolas Maduro virtually unlimited powers.

Opponents reacted with anger and mockery after the National Electoral Council said more than eight million people had voted.

With many polling stations deserted, rivals estimated the actual number was about two to three million.

President Maduro, however, hailed the result as the "biggest ever vote for the revolution".

An election candidate and an opposition leader were among those killed and a number of police officers were injured after an explosion in the capital Caracas.

Venezuelan soldiers fired rubber bullets and tear gas at people blocking a highway and the national guard, equipped with shotguns, patrolled the main roads.

More than 120 people have been killed in four months of protests in Venezuela - which has seen living standards tumble in recent years despite its massive oil wealth.

Malnutrition has become a problem and people are struggling to get hold of basic products.

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