Venezuela: Huge demonstrations UPDATED
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The whereabouts of the students arrested last week is unknown. Today’s student demonstrations protested their arrest. Last week’s demonstration protested the lack of security in Venezuela.
One of the three dead was a student who died of his wounds after Tupamaros confronted protestors in Táchira state today.
Tanks on the streets of Barquisimeto,
Barquisimeto, tanquetas en la calle… pic.twitter.com/DQztsoxbMs
— R Mogollon (@REMogollon) February 12, 2014
7:10PM EST (7:30PM Caracas time):
NTN24 reports 3 dead.
Gunfire erupted in downtown Caracas when armed members of a pro-government vigilante group arrived on motorcycles and began firing at more than 100 anti-Maduro student protesters clashing with security forces.
As the crowd fled in panic, one demonstrator fell to the ground with a bullet wound in his head. Onlookers screamed “assassins” as they rushed the 24-year-old student, later identified by family members as Bazil D’Acosta, to a police vehicle.
Also killed was the leader of a pro-government 23rd of January collective, as militant supporters of Venezuela’s socialist administration call themselves. National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello said the “revolutionary” known by his nickname Juancho was “vilely assassinated by the fascists” but he didn’t provide details.
Another demonstration, this time a cacerolazo (where people bang on pots and pans from their homes) scheduled for 8PM Caracas time. Twitterers at #12FVenezuelaPaLaCalle expect a power outage.
Colombia’s NTN24 DirectTV & website down, their YouTube livefeed still on.
Noticias24: Prosecutor’s Office confirms 2 dead, 23 wounded
Minister Elías Jaua allegedly gave the orders to shoot the demostrators
— José Manuel Ascensao (@Ascensaojose) February 12, 2014
5:17PM EST UPDATE:
Two students reported dead.
Government shuts down the NTN24 website but they still have their YouTube livefeed:
There are huge demonstrations going on right now, in Caracas,
And in other cities,
— Bernard Horande (@bhorande) February 12, 2014
Opposition leader Leopoldo López is leading the marching oppo.
Venezuelans March in Anti-Government Protests. Activists say five Venezuela protesters injured by gunshots. Earlier this week, (WARNING: GRUESOME PHOTOS) many demonstrators were wounded
— Fausta (@Fausta) February 11, 2014