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Doctors stage protest in Venezuela

Published on Mar 11, 2014 6:18 AM

CARACAS (AFP) - Several hundred doctors and medical students protested conditions in Venezuela's hospitals on Monday, citing shortages of medicines and critical supplies in the troubled oil-rich country.

As police held back the demonstrators in the city's Plaza Venezuela, other health workers marched without incident through the centre to the presidential palace in a government-organised show of support for President Nicolas Maduro.

The rival protests were the latest in an unresolved, nearly five-week-old crisis that has claimed the lives of at least 20 people.

Another victim was reported over the weekend in the western Andean city of Merida, Ms Giselle Rubilar, a 47-year-old Chilean national.

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