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Venezuela Unrest Claims 2 More Lives

Opposition activists and riot police clash during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas.Opposition activists and riot police clash during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas.

Young Venezuelan protesters lobbed bottles and bags of feces at soldiers who fought with tear gas to block the latest march in more than a month of nationwide protests against President Nicolas Maduro.

The extraordinary scenes, in what was dubbed the "Shit March" on the main highway through Caracas, came as thousands of opposition supporters again poured onto the streets decrying Venezuela's economic crisis and demanding elections, Reuters reported.

Many carried stones and so-called "Poopootov cocktails"—feces stuffed into small glass bottles-that they threw when National Guard troops blocked their path, firing gas and turning water cannons on the crowds.

The state prosecutor’s office said 27-year-old Miguel Castillo was killed during protests in Caracas, without giving details while motorbike taxi driver Anderson Dugarte, 32, died on Wednesday in the Andean city of Merida after being injured in a protest.

Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said in comments broadcast by state television that Dugarte was killed by a sniper linked to the opposition’s Democratic Unity coalition. He said Castillo also was killed by a firearm.

At least 39 people have died in the unrest since early April, including protesters, government sympathizers, bystanders and security forces. Hundreds have also been hurt and arrested.

 

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