Teenager killed as Venezue­lans march against govern­ment

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CARA­CAS, Venezuela (AP) — A teenager was shot dead as tens of thou­sands of op­po­nents of Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro flooded the streets of Cara­cas on Wed­nes­day in what’s been dubbed the “mother of all marches” against the em­bat­tled so­cial­ist.

Car­los Romero, just three days away from cel­e­brat­ing his 18th birth­day, was walk­ing home from a soc­cer game when he bumped into pro-govern­ment mili­tias stalk­ing a small pocket of pro­test­ers, a close fam­ily friend Melvin Sojo, told the As­so­ci­ated Press at the hos­pi­tal where doc­tors tried in vain to save the boy’s life.

Sojo, who grew up in the Romero home, said po­lice and two peo­ple who rushed his brother to the hos­pi­tal told him the boy was shot in the head by pro-govern­ment groups. Of­fi­cial con­fir­ma­tion of Sojo’s ac­count was not im­me­di­ately avail­able, and the coun­try’s en­ergy min­is­ter said the boy was killed dur­ing an at­tempted as­sault.

He’s the sixth per­son killed since protests be­gan three weeks ago.

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