CARACAS, March 13 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from violent protests that have rocked Venezuela for over a month has reached 28, with 365 others injured, a top official said Thursday.
Venezuela's Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz, who is attending a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, said in a telephone interview with state-run TV channel Globovision that among the dead were three National Guard members and of the injured, 109 were police or military personnel.
"That proves the demonstrations have not been peaceful, but violent," Ortega said, refuting media reports that protesters were mostly students and youth angered by food shortages and high inflation.
She said officials in the capital Caracas have seized 25 firearms, more than 200 explosive devices, "including Molotov cocktails and C4 (explosives)."
Ortega said she told the UN council that the Venezuelan government planned to punish those responsible for the violence, as part of efforts to regain peace and order.
Those detained during the protests, which have been mainly concentrated in 18 cities, have been "processed within 48 hours of being apprehended" as required by law, Ortega added.