May 24, 2017

Venezuela student 'killed by National Guard'

A student who died at an anti-government protest in Caracas last month was killed by a tear gas canister fired by the National Guard, Venezuela's chief prosecutor says. Venezuela has seen almost daily anti-government protests since April. Firing tear gas canisters directly at protesters could be lethal and was banned by both international and national regulations, she said. Officials including Information Minister Ernesto Villegas, Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez and deputy leader of the governing socialist PSUV party Diosdado Cabello had previously denied the National Guard was responsible. Mr Cabello had blamed "Gunmen in the service of the bourgeoisie" and insisted there were no National Guard personnel in the area at the time.

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