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Venezuela crisis deepens as anti-government protests enter sixth week; death toll rises to 42

Venezuela crisis deepens as anti-government protests enter sixth week; death toll rises to 42

CARACAS – Three more Venezuelans died this week during another round of protests against the Nicoloas Maduro-led socialist government.

Two men, identified as 33-year-old Diego Hernandez and 18-year-old Luis Alviarez, died from bullet wounds amid the protests in the western state of Tachira on Monday.

A policeman was arrested for his alleged role in the killing of Hernandez, a taxi driver, shot in the thorax.

And on Tuesday, 17-year-old Yeison Mora succumbed to a bullet to the head received during a protest in the plains state of Barinas.

The death toll in six-week wave of anti-government unrest has risen to at least 42, according to the state prosecutor’s office. “A group of people arrived and started shooting, injuring the young person in the brain,” it said on the death of the unnamed teenager.

Monday’s “sit-in against the dictatorship” began peacefully, but later in the day, demonstrators clashed with soldiers and police, with buildings set afire, tear gas canisters lobbed back and forth.

State security officers unleashed a volley of tear…

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