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Nine killed in Venezuela protest violence

Published on Feb 22, 2014 2:41 PM
 
Venezuelans living in Colombia rally against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, and the violence resulting from anti-government protests, at Virrey Park in Bogota, Friday, Feb 21, 2014. At least nine people have died in Venezuela in the wave of protests against the leftist government of President Nicolas Maduro, officials said on Friday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

CARACAS (AFP) - At least nine people have died in Venezuela in the wave of protests against the leftist government of President Nicolas Maduro, officials said on Friday.

At least 137 people have also been injured and 104 have been detained in the two weeks of protests, Attorney General Luisa Ortega said on a radio show.

The latest victim was a 29 year-old male who tried to cross a street blockaded by protesters on a motorcycle at nighttime, Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres said on state VTV network.

In the darkness the rider did not see a cable that the protesters had strung up. He tripped, fell and slit his throat, Mr Rodriguez said.

 
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