Four peo­ple killed in Venezuela protest vi­o­lence

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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