Protester killed in anti-government unrest in Venezuela
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 01:30
Feb. 12 - An anti-government protest in Caracas turns violent, leaving one protester dead of an apparent gunshot wound. Nathan Frandino reports.
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An anti-government protest in Venezuela turns deadly.
One person was killed - apparently from a gunshot wound to the head - in the capital Caracas Wednesday.
An official claimed the man was a government supporter.
The death comes amid the worst bout of unrest in the country since protests against President Nicolas Maduro's election last year.
The demonstration started peacefully with posters and slogans denouncing rampant crime, corruption and economic hardship.
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PROTESTER, EMMANUEL (ONE NAME ONLY GIVEN) SAYING:
"Venezuela is waking up, enough of so much insecurity, so much repression on the part of all the State's public authorities. We are tired and we are demonstrating today."
A rival pro-government demonstration was also taking place.
Maduro used the event to accuse right-wing "fascists" of seeking to destabilize his government.
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT NICOLAS MADURO SAYING:
"We come to denounce in Venezuela the sprouting of a Nazi-fascist current which wants to bring violence and chaos to our country, but today the revolutionary youth in the street are saying they will not allow this. Here there is going to be peace."
The day of protests ended with opposition supporters burning tires and police responding with tear gas and rubber bullets.
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