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Opposition leaders wounded by security forces as protests in Venezuela linger



Opposition leaders wounded by security forces as protests in Venezuela lingers

Protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro continues in Venezuela with two opposition leaders wounded by security forces in the often violent street demonstrations against the government of the day.

The two opposition leaders were among a dozen others who were wounded by security forces dispersing protesters in the capital of Caracas as marches against Maduro continue.

“We were ambushed,” said two-time presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, who accompanied protesters on Monday in an effort to march to the headquarters of the government ombudsman’s office, but was blocked by security forces.

“This government is capable of killing or burning anything,” Capriles said in a press conference.

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Legislator Jose Olivares, who is a doctor, tweeted a picture of a bruise on Capriles’ face that he said was the result of a soldier hitting him with a helmet during the clashes.

During the same march, opposition deputy Carlos Paparoni was knocked to the ground by a water cannon sprayed from a truck, requiring he receive stitches in his head, Olivares said.

In the last two months, no less than 59 people have lost their lives in the often violent protests as adversaries of Maduro have been blocking highways and setting up barricades in protests of increasingly severe economic crisis that has left millions struggling to get enough to eat.


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