Teenager killed as Venezuelans march against government

  • Teenager killed as Venezuelans march against government

Teenager killed as Venezuelans march against government

Three people were killed and hundreds arrested in the deadliest day of protests since the unrest began three weeks ago. Maduro, who was elected to succeed the charismatic Hugo Chavez in 2013, is fighting efforts to force him out of power and blames the crisis on an "economic war" by USA -backed business interests.

"This is the moment", said Raquel Belfort, a 42-year-old protester in wealthier eastern Caracas on Thursday, sporting a hat in the yellow, blue and red colors of the Venezuelan flag.

Opposition supporters clash with police during protests against unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro in San Cristobal, Venezuela, April 19, 2017.

Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro declared in a speech to loyalists of his regime that he would arm thousands of his supporters as massive protests and riots occur across the country.

Some unhappy Venezuelans also steer clear of protests, fearful of violence, cynical that marches can bring about change, or too busy looking for food amid the recession.

Demonstrators hurl flaming objects at riot police during a rally in Caracas against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday. The government last year abruptly postponed regional elections the opposition was heavily favored to win and cut off a petition drive to force a referendum seeking Maduro's removal before elections late next year.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday in Washington that the U.S. was "concerned" about the situation.

The opposition has called for another protest today, raising the possibility of prolonged disruption in Venezuela. Vatican-mediated negotiations also broke down with the sides accusing each other of bad faith. He was shot in the head, they said, and three security officials said he later died in a clinic after undergoing surgery.

Miguel Salomon is president of the Clinicas Caracas hospital.

The public prosecutor's office said it was investigating both cases.

Two Venezuelan students died after being shot during protests.

A demonstrator throws back a tear gas canister during clashes with security forces at a protest in Caracas. The National Guard members are deploying tear gas on an opposition march

Of these, 33 people had multiple injuries, 10 with asphyxiation symptoms “as a result of tear gas” used by the police forces to disperse the protest, and 14 with “fainting and stress related problems, ” according to Muchacho, who belongs to the opposition.

The Organization of American States recently tried to declare Venezuela in violation of its democratic charter but was denied the necessary votes by Caribbean and Central American Nations that have depended for years on cheap Venezuelan oil.

Venezuelan Ambassador Samuel Moncada spoke as the opposition and government supporters held dueling marches in Caracas.

Demonstrators also gathered on Wednesday in the eastern city of Puerto Ordaz, home to Venezuela's struggling state-run mining companies, and the oil city of Maracaibo. Maduro, speaking at a meeting with high-ranking political and military officials, denounced the United States statement as a "green light and approval of a coup process".

"Venezuela remains mired in a deep economic crisis", International Monetary Fund authors wrote in its World Economic Outlook. OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro, a Uruguayan, routinely calls Venezuela a dictatorship.

The OAS recently issued a strong rebuke to Venezuela for the slide toward militarism. Maduro says the opposition is trying to relive the 2002 coup.

Opposition marchers included Liliana Machuca, who earns about $20 a month holding two jobs teaching literature. Her face was covered in a white, sticky substance to protect herself from the noxious effects of tear gas. "We again urge demonstrators to express themselves non-violently", Toner said.

The minister said a preliminary investigation suggests that the Vente Venezuela attack on Ramirez was planned in advance.

"They've got the right to march but marching isn't burning stuff, throwing rocks", Jahil Marcano, a 48-year-old construction worker who had joined the pro-government rally told Reuters. They were met Wednesday by a curtain of tear gas and rubber bullets as they attempted to march to downtown Caracas.

The mobilization comes as Maduro faces scrutiny overseas and within his own government after the country's top court last month tried to grab power from the opposition-controlled congress. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.