Venezuela unrest: 78 dead in violent protests after govt calls for rewriting constitution
The death toll in the violent Venezuelan protests against the government's call to rewrite the Constitution has increased to 78
Caracas: The death toll in the violent Venezuelan protests against the government's call to rewrite the Constitution has increased to 78 after an 18-year-old boy was shot dead following a demonstration, the Public Prosecutor's Office said.
In a statement, the office said an "irregular situation occurred inside a commercial venue, where the young boy was shot in the arm and in the head" following the demonstration in the state of Anzoategui on Wednesday, reports Efe news.
Two men were arrested following the incident.
Above 1,500 people have been injured in the three months of pro- and anti-government protests since Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro launched an initiative to elect a Constituent Assembly to reform the Constitution.
It has been badly received by the opposition which claimed it was another attempt by the executive to hold onto power.
Supporters say Chavez, a larger-than-life persona in Venezuela, helped them throw off the shackles of capitalism and foreign interference, and that he fell ill because he devoted all his energy to a peaceful "revolution."
Huge crowds are still waiting to pay their respects to Chavez after his death this week, and Maduro said the move — reminiscent of the treatment of Communist leaders Lenin, Stalin and Mao after their deaths — would help keep the late president's self-declared socialist revolution alive.