Boy killed in Venezuela riots, four dead overall

Miranda GreerApr 14, 2017

The dead include two students and a thirteen year old child.

Brayan Principal, 13, died in the western city of Barquisimeto after being shot in the abdomen during a night of violent confrontations, Agence France-Presse reports.

Marquina blamed that killing on so-called "colectivos", armed supporters of the government who the opposition says commit violence during demonstrations.

Four people were killed during protests over the last week, authorities say.

Maduro is fighting efforts to oust him as Venezuela, once a booming oil exporter, flounders through severe shortages and the world's highest rate of inflation.

Demonstrators help a journalist whose leg was injured while covering clashes between protesters and the Bolivarian National Guard during a protest in Caracas on Monday.

Speaking outside the church, hardline opposition leader Maria Corina Machado said people should not let themselves be distracted by a handful of troublemakers when the country is on the brink of a major turning point.

Venezuela's opposition was planning protests in each of the country's 335 municipalities on Thursday, in a bid to strain the capabilities of security forces as unrest mounted in the volatile nation.

Freddy Guevara, vice president of the country's opposition-led congress, called on protesters to avoid violence.

That is expected to be the next big showdown in an increasingly fraught crisis that has raised global concerns for Venezuela's stability.

Opposition deputies calling for Maduro's ouster seized the opportunity to ridicule the socialist leader on social media. Dozens have been arrested, and leading opposition figure Henrique Capriles has been barred from holding office for 15 years.

The Supreme Court later withdrew the ruling, but the move drew condemnation from Venezuelan opposition politicians and worldwide governments.

"We can not accept that the regime is willing to sacrifice Venezuelan lives to remain in power", said Luis Almagro, the head of the Organisation of American States, in a video posted on Wednesday, urging elections.

While the umbrella opposition coalition known by the nickname MUD, claims it's chronic mismanagement.

Maduro was attending a rally in the poor eastern state of Bolivar Tuesday night when a crowd turned on him.

On April 11, Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro was pelted (link in Spanish) with objects-eggs and stones, per observers-while he presided over a parade in a northeastern province.

Maduro supporters staged their own rally on Tuesday to mark the anniversary of a short-lived coup against Maduro's predecessor and mentor, the late leftist firebrand Hugo Chavez, in 2002.

Maduro has resisted calls to step down, claiming the United States is backing the right-wing opposition to topple his socialist government and get control of Venezuela's oil wealth, Reuters reported.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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