TEAR GAS FIRED IN FRESH VENEZUELA PROTESTS

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CARACAS: Venezuelan security forces fired tear gas and made several arrests as 20,000 people marched on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) in the capital Caracas against what they see as President Nicolas Maduro’s heavy-handed repression of dissent. At least 31 people have been killed in more than six weeks of student-led protests against the government, representing the biggest challenge yet to Maduro, the elected socialist heir to longtime late president Hugo Chavez. Maduro and his government have been the target of near-daily protests fueled by public anger over soaring crime, hyperinflation, shortages of such basic goods as toilet paper and further stoked by overzealous police tactics. Demonstrators partly blame Caracas’s close ties to Cuba, the only Communist one-party state in the Americas.

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