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Protests continue throughout Venezuela despite a day of mourning

Thursday, February 26th 2015 - 05:08 UTC
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In San Cristobal dozens of masked protesters faced off with security forces in streets blocked with rubbish and tires In San Cristobal dozens of masked protesters faced off with security forces in streets blocked with rubbish and tires
In Caracas, dozens of opposition supporters rallied at the Interior Ministry and marched to the Vatican envoy's office. In Caracas, dozens of opposition supporters rallied at the Interior Ministry and marched to the Vatican envoy's office.

Sporadic protests flared in different parts of Venezuela after a policeman shot dead a teenager during a demonstration against President Nicolas Maduro's government in the volatile city of San Cristobal. The worst unrest was again in San Cristobal where distraught relatives of 14-year-old Kluibert Roa held a wake and funeral following his killing on Tuesday.

 Dozens of masked protesters faced off with security forces in streets blocked with rubbish and tires, witnesses said, in the Andean city that was an epicenter of last year's anti-Maduro protests and violence that killed 43 people.

Local authorities declared a day of mourning, and many shops stayed closed both to honor Roa and in fear of trouble.

“My son was neither an opposition supporter nor a 'Chavista', he was my son, the apple of my eye,” his father Erick Roa said at the funeral. “They killed an innocent person.”

Some 200 students and neighbors are camping out at the site of Roa's death and have installed an altar in his honor.

Maduro, the successor to late socialist leader Hugo Chavez, has condemned Roa's death but also charged that violent radicals in San Cristobal and elsewhere are seeking to oust him.

The exact circumstances of Roa's death remain unclear. Relatives and students insist he was a bystander to the protests and targeted at point-blank range, while authorities say he was shot when police were cornered by thugs.

A 23-year-old policeman has been detained and charged.

The case has exacerbated tensions amid a severe economic crisis and government crackdown on opposition leaders it accuses of conspiring to topple Maduro with U.S. aid. Foes say Maduro is panicked at his falling popularity and the prospect of losing control of parliament in a vote later this year.

In Caracas, dozens of opposition supporters rallied at the Interior Ministry and marched to the Vatican envoy's office.

In the western city of Maracaibo, hooded opposition members burned a truck carrying medicines, Maduro said. “Is that a democratic struggle or terrorism?” the president asked during a rally in the southern city of Guayana.

Categories: Politics, Venezuela.

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  • ilsen

    It was a bright cold day in [February], and the clocks were striking thirteen.
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    The truth about the 'Bolivarian Revolution'. Now, they kill children in the street.
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    I see Maburro is bravely making statements in campesino Guayana, amongst the ill-educated, impovershed 'clientle' of his corrupt narco-state. He dare not go to to Tachira or Merida for fear of lynch-mobs.

    Feb 26th, 2015 - 05:45 am 0
  • Troy Tempest

    Just a matter of time, now...

    Do you think he might go on a “Diplomatic Mission” to Havana, and not come back.

    Or do you think he will be sacrificed to the mob to appease them, while the real poet brokers continue on?

    Feb 26th, 2015 - 07:03 am 0
  • Kirk Nelson

    It is clear about the inability of Maduro's Government to control the country, otherwise, it would never appear street chaos, deteriorated economy, dysfunctional fiscal policies, private and public corruption increases and the unjustified act of killing innocent people.
    Presidents of Venezuela and Argentina must and should be removed from office at once.

    Kirk Nelson,
    New York, USA

    Feb 26th, 2015 - 10:19 am 0
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