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Venezuelan anti-government protest turns violent

English.news.cn   2014-02-13 10:29:39

CARACAS, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- An anti-government protest by the Venezuelan opposition turned violent Wednesday, killing one person and injuring several others.

The protestors, mostly students, started their demonstrations peacefully for about two hours before they resorted to rocks, sticks and tear gas when confronting with the police.

A government official confirmed that a supporter of President Nicolas Maduro was dead during the violence, with 23 others injured.

However, Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado said two opposition protesters were killed.

The police said they arrested 30 protestors, with five police vehicles burnt and some government offices vandalized in violence.

The protest was held as part of "Youth Day" celebration, which marks the participation of students in a 19th century independence battle against colonial rules.

The opposition has also held some protests around the country in the last two weeks to protest against the government.

Editor: Fu Peng
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