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Venezuelan police fire tear gas at food shortage protests

Thursday, June 02, 2016 - 00:41

Venezuelan security forces fire tear gas at protesters in the latest round of street violence over widespread food shortages. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). Venezuelan security forces fired tear gas at protesters chanting "We want food!" near presidential palace in Caracas on Thursday, the latest round of street violence in the crisis-hit OPEC nation. Hundreds of angry Venezuelans heading for the Miraflores palace in downtown Caracas were met by National Guard and police who blocked a major road. President Nicolas Maduro, under intense pressure over a worsening economic crisis in the South American nation of 30 million, had been scheduled to address a rally nearby. Despite the country having the world's biggest oil reserves, Venezuelans are suffering severe shortages of consumer goods ranging from milk and flour to toilet paper and other goods while also contending with the highest inflation in the world and a shrinking economy.

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Venezuelan police fire tear gas at food shortage protests

Thursday, June 02, 2016 - 00:41