Venezuela security forces battle protesters amid May Day rallies

2 May 2017   Venezuela

Security forces fired tear gas at youths throwing stones and petrol bombs on Monday as Venezuela’s opposition began a second month of protests against socialist President Nicolas Maduro. With hundreds of thousands on the streets of Caracas for rival May Day marches, red-shirted supporters of Maduro also gathered downtown vowing to defend the socialists’ 18-year rule of the South American oil producer. Twenty nine people have been killed, over 400 injured, and hundreds more arrested in unrest since early April against Maduro, the unpopular 54-year-old successor to Hugo Chavez. “For no reason, they are starting to repress us,” lawmaker Jose Olivares said, as National Guard troops shot teargas in one district of west Caracas in the morning towards hundreds of people standing around waiting to march. Most […]

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