2 killed in Venezuela national strike against Maduro’s rule


CARACAS: Two people were killed in clashes Thursday (Friday in Manila) in Venezuela during a nationwide strike against President Nicolas Maduro’s plans to re-write the country’s constitution. Prosecutors said a 24-year-old man was killed on the outskirts of Caracas and a 23-year-old man was killed in the city of Valencia. This brings to 99 the death toll in anti-government protests since April. They did not say who was responsible for the deaths. Thursday’s 24-hour stoppage affected areas of the capital and other regions, including the country’s second-biggest city of Maracaibo, with businesses shuttered, public transport stalled and streets often deserted. Riot police and soldiers fired tear gas and buckshot at protesters, who blocked streets with debris in parts of Caracas and set a police booth on fire. Street blockades continued overnight.



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