The protests began over moves by President Nicolás Maduro's government
A demonstrator sits near graffiti with the name of Neomar Lander during a tribute to those killed during protests against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, July 24, 2017. photo: AP/Fernando Llano, photo: AP/Fernando Llano
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CARACAS – Days before a polarizing vote to start rewriting its constitution, Venezuela is convulsing to a rhythm of daytime strikes and nocturnal clashes. The most recent violence drove the death toll from months of unrest to 100 on Thursday. Most of the dead in anti-government protests that began in April are young men killed by gunfire. The toll also includes looters; police allegedly attacked by protesters; and civilians killed in accidents related to roadblocks set up during demonstrations. The count has been highly politicized, with the opposition and other government agencies reporting varying tolls and causes of death that focus blame on the other side. The protests began over moves by President Nicolás Maduro's government to restrict the powers of the opposition-controlled National Assembly.
An average of 78 people a day died violently last year in this country of 31.5 million, according the non-governmental Venezuelan Violence Observatory. According to a news agency review of prosecutors' reports, the victims of the political unrest have overwhelmingly been male with only six women killed. They are also mostly young, averaging 27 years old. The youngest was 14 and the oldest 54. At least 22 were students. There was also an appellate court judge who was robbed and shot dead while trying to avoid a barricade, and a man set on fire after someone at a protest accused him of being a thief. A handful were police or guard officers. Sixty-nine of the 100 were killed by gunfire. Others died in car crashes while trying to evade barricades, or by electrocution while looting buildings. Just 21 of the killings have resulted in an arrest or orders for apprehension issued, with nearly half those coming against security forces.
Venezuela clashes kill 3 during anti-Maduro general strike 106 have died since opposition protests began in April https://t.co/J5BbqtiQSb— CBC News (@CBCNews) July 27, 2017
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