An unofficial referendum held by opposition in Venezuela to protest President Nicolas Maduro’s plans to rewrite the constitution turned bloody when gunmen attacked a polling station killing two people.
According to opposition spokesman, Carlos Ocariz violence erupted at the polling station near a church in the city of Catia, just northwest of Caracas when the gunmen attacked.
“There was an incident in Catia a short while ago in which paramilitaries opened fire,” he told reporters. “There were four seriously injured and two dead.”
Local media reported that some 500 people took refuge in the church during the attack, including Catholic Cardinal Jorge Urosa.
In the last two months, no less than 61 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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