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Death of Police Officer Raises Death Toll in Venezuela Protests to 108

CARACAS – A police officer died on Friday after being shot in the head the day before during a demonstration in the western Venezuelan state of Merida, the Attorney General’s Office announced.

The victim was identified as Oneiver Quiñones and, according to a preliminary report by the AG’s office, “he was shot in the head” at a protest in the Andean city of Ejido.

The officer of the regional security corps was wounded on Thursday and died on Friday in the hospital where he was being treated, the source said.

The AG’s office has given no details about the circumstances surrounding the shooting, or if the officer was engaged in the work of restoring public order when he was shot.

On Thursday, when a 48-hour general strike called by the Venezuelan opposition was completed, a member of the Bolivarian National Police was wounded in the La Candelaria parish of Caracas, the AG’s office also reported.

In all, a total of 108 people have been killed in the protests that since last April have shaken the Caribbean country, while more than 1,000 have been imprisoned.

Next July 30, Venezuelans are called to the polls to elect a National Constituent Assembly, which will rewrite the constitution and will have the authority to reorganize the government without anyone being able to oppose its decisions, the main reasons for the opposition protests at this time.

 

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