Chinese gear averts casualties:
Venezuela’s national guard commander on Sunday defended his forces in the face of criticism from rights activists and the opposition, and said riotcontrol equipment supplied by China has averted casualties during a wave of massive street protests.
At least 72 people have been killed since hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in protests that began in April demanding elections, the release of opposition prisoners and calling on President Nicolas Maduro to accept foreign aid to alleviate food and medicine shortages.
The opposition has criticized foreign sales of non-lethal security equipment to Maduro’s government, saying the gear is used to repress protests and eats up funds that should be spent on food and medicine.
General Antonio Benavides, the national guard commander, said equipment such as armored vehicles, water cannons and tear-gas supplied by countries including China helped prevent casualties and rights violations. (RTRS)