CARACAS – Venezuela’s Attorney General’s Office reported on Friday the death of a teenager during a demonstration in the western state of Zulia, and of a man in the north-central state of Miranda, which raises the death toll to 100 in the wave of protests shaking the country.
The AG’s office said investigations are underway into the death of the 15-year-old who died Thursday during a protest in the Pomona district of Zulia.
The institution also said it is investigating the death of Eury Rafael Hurtado, 34, who was shot four times Thursday afternoon during a demonstration in the Santa Eulalia district of Los Teques, capital of Miranda state.
On Thursday, the AG’s office confirmed the death of Ronney Tejera, 24, who was gunned down in a demonstration in that same area of Miranda, an “irregular incident” in which at least three others were wounded.
In response, the governor of Miranda, opposition leader Henrique Capriles, said on Twitter: “Another of the youths wounded in Santa Eulalia of our Teques has died! Two were murdered! Killers arrived shooting! RIP! JUSTICE!”
The AG’s office also reported the death of Victor Marquez, 34, killed at the Housing and Habitat Ministry this Thursday.
Though the AG’s office did not relate Marquez’s death to the demonstrations, it said Thursday that he died amid an “attack” involving dozens of “rightists,” as the government calls the Venezuelan opposition.
A civic strike was called and carried out by the opposition in Venezuela on Thursday that included the barricading of streets to halt the normal flow of traffic in the country, which in turn sparked violent clashes between demonstrators and security forces.
The general strike was part of the anti-Chavismo demonstrations protesting the organization by President Nicolas Maduro of a Constituent Assembly to rewrite the constitution, a process promoted by the government and considered by the opposition as the consolidation of dictatorship in the country.