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Sat May 6, 2017, 06:51 AM

Hugo Chvez statue torn down as death toll rises in Venezuela protests


Hugo Chávez statue torn down as death toll rises in Venezuela protests

Reuters in Caracas

Saturday 6 May 2017 02.39 BST

A 20-year-old Venezuelan protester has died after being shot in the head, authorities said, taking fatalities from a month of anti-government unrest to at least 37, as the opposition geared up for more demonstrations. Hecder Lugo was hurt during fighting between demonstrators and security forces in Valencia on Thursday that also injured four others, the local opposition mayor, Enzo Scarano, said in a series of tweets. The state prosecutor’s office, which keeps an official count of deaths since protests began against socialist President Nicolás Maduro in early April, confirmed he died after being shot in a protest.

Another 717 people have been injured and 152 are still in jail from the hundreds rounded up in widespread unrest around the volatile nation of 30 million people, according to the office’s latest tally.

In an incident loaded with symbolism, a handful of young men destroyed a statue of late leader Hugo Chávez in oil-producing Zulia state, according to videos circulating on social media on Friday evening. Footage shows the statue, which depicts Chávez saluting and wearing a sash, being yanked down to cheers in a public plaza before it is bashed into a sidewalk and then the road as onlookers swear at the leftist, who died in 2013 from cancer.

“Students destroyed this statue of Chávez. They accuse him, correctly, of destroying their future,” opposition lawmaker Carlos Valero said about the incident, which was also reported in local media. Reuters was unable to independently confirm it.

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Marksman_91 May 2017 #1

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Sun May 7, 2017, 10:19 AM

1. They should all be torn down after Chavismo ends


Kinda like how it happened with Saddam's statues after he was deposed of power.

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