With Venezuela holding a massive protest today dubbed the “Mother Of All Protests” to challenge the rule of president Maduro, who meanwhile has ordered the army into the streets, while summoning a counterprotests, violence seemed inevitable and moments ago Reuters reported that a young protester was shot in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas.
— GANA_ANZOATEGUI (@LEONHARIO) April 19, 2017
While Reuters was unable to immediately obtain further details on the incident, witnesses said the man was shot in the head.
Venezuela protester shot in the head this morning is still alive, in emergency surgery at Caracas clinic https://t.co/2NgXWgwlxu
— Nick Miroff (@NickMiroff) April 19, 2017
As reported before, Venezuela’s opposition began the “mother of all protests” on Wednesday, accusing President Nicolas Maduro of resorting to dictatorial measures to quash popular outrage over a deepening economic crisis.
In the culmination of a fortnight of violent demonstrations that have killed five people, protesters around the country will demand the government present a timeline for delayed elections, halt a security crackdown on protests, and respect the autonomy of the opposition-led legislature.
Recent marches have repeatedly ended in clashes between demonstrators and security forces. Youths throwing rocks have squared off against security forces spraying tear gas in melees that have dragged on well into the evening.
The shooting has taken place despite appeals for a peaceful protests.
Photos on the ground suggest that the protest is set to be one of the largest in recent history:
Oposición y chavismo se miden en megamarchas bajo alta tensión en Venezuela pic.twitter.com/h3cNvRWEy9
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Live feeds from Caracas courtesy of NTN24 and VPI: