By Carlos Camacho
CARACAS -- Increasingly embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro renewed a standing “state of exception” decree, which suspends several Constitutional guarantees, as the oil-rich nation slips further into chaos.
After the decree was made public, Maduro took to the airwaves to speak in somber tones, using reassuring words.
“Except for minor terrorist flashpoints, Venezuela is at peace and working,” Maduro insisted Tuesday afternoon.“TRASH”
The opposition did not stop denouncing Maduro on account of the decree however.
“This decree is trash,” said Miranda state governor Henrique Capriles, during a live Periscope address. “And as trash we will treat it,” added the politician, asking Venezuelans to disregard the state of commotion decree and continue protesting against Maduro.
Be as it may, violence is increasing in what was already a very violent country. According to a report published Tuesday morning by the Attorney General’s Office, forty one Venezuelans have been killed in six weeks of violent demonstrations, triggered in early April by the attempt on the part of the executive-controlled Supreme Court to usurp the functions of the opposition-held National Assembly.
Tuesday afternoon, after the AG’s report, human-rights NGO “Provea” said its tally showed 43 killed since April 1st in anti-Maduro protests.
From Monday night to Tuesday noon, the AG reported three demonstrators killed: An unnamed 17-year old man, shot in the head in Barinas; Diego Arellano, 31, shot in the chest in San Antonio de Los Altos, a city near Caracas as well as Diego Hernandez, 33, shot and killed in Tachira.
Hernandez was allegedly shot by a member of the Politachira state police, Fiscalia reported, while the unnamed boy was supposedly attacked by pro-government “colectivo” gangs. Capriles also posted video of alleged “colectivo” gangs armed and firing at a protest in Tachira.
Diego Arellano had a degree in biology and worked at Venezuela’s Universidad Central (UCV), Capriles said. Located in Caracas, UCV is one of the world’s largest public universities, with some 60,000 students.
Reports of the fatalities did nothing to dampen the will of demonstrators. Barricades were visible in most Venezuelan cities, from the capital Caracas to Colon in the Venezuelan Andes. The Pan-American highway, a feat of 1950’s engineering connecting Venezuela to Argentina, was blocked in a section by protests Tuesday morning: demonstrators near San Antonio managed to push back the National Guard twice.
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