More injured, killed in protests
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Chaos erupted in Venezuela this week during another round of protests against the socialist government, with buildings set afire, tear gas canisters lobbed back and forth, and at least three new deaths reported.
Grisly videos captured much of Monday’s violence. In a video purporting to show the final moments of one man left dead in the turmoil, a crowd surrounds a man identified as 33 year-old Diego Hernandez. He lies on the pavement, his eyes open and fixed. A bystander tears off his blue T-shirt, revealing a bloody wound underneath.
Officials in the western state of Tachira said a second man, Luis Alviarez, 18, died from a bullet to the chest amid the protests. And on Tuesday, 17-year-old Yeison Mora succumbed to a bullet to the head received during a protest in the plains state of Barinas.
Monday’s “sit-in against the dictatorship” began peacefully, but later in the day, demonstrators clashed with soldiers and police, throwing rocks and setting an armored truck on fire.