Four people killed in Venezuela protest violence
CARACAS, Venezuela — At least four people were killed and eight injured during anti-government protests in central Venezuela, authorities said Saturday.
Chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz confirmed that four deaths occurred Friday in clashes in Barquisimeto. The city’s mayor blamed the deaths on armed militias that support Venezuela’s socialist government.
The deaths raised to at least 80 the number of people killed since anti-government protests began three months ago.
A few thousand opponents of President Nicolas Maduro took to the streets Saturday in Caracas to show support for Diaz. The government is threatening to force Diaz from office even though Venezuela’s constitution says that can be done only by the legislature.