5 dead in Venezuela protests as movement gains steam

Thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets in wealthy eastern Caracas amid a tropical downpour Thursday to support a protest movement that is gaining steam even as it turns more deadly.


Venezuela officials confirmed earlier in the day that a fifth person had died in the wave of anti-government protests now entering its third week.


The public prosecutor's office says it will investigate the death of 36-year-old Miguel Colmenares. He was shot at a protest in the central city of Barquisimeto on Tuesday.


Gruseny Calderon was killed during the same protest. Congressman Alfonso Marquina says the 32-year-old protester was injured by rubber bullets that pierced his lung and liver.


The protests have also claimed the lives of two college students and a 13-year-old.


פרסום ראשון: 04.14.17, 07:56