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Four reported killed in Venezuela’s anti-government protests

Four reported killed in Venezuela’s anti-government protests

Four people were killed during two days of protests in Venezuela, the non-governmental organization Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conflicts (OVCS) said Thursday.

The fatalities included a 14-year-old boy who was shot in Caracas on Wednesday and died of his injuries.

The others were a 27-year-old woman who was killed in Caracas on Wednesday, a 16-year-old boy who was shot during a protest in the north-central state of Aragua on Tuesday, and a man who was killed in Aragua on Tuesday.

Nationwide protests erupted on Tuesday after opposition leader Juan Guaido said he had won over part of the army and called for a military insurrection.

President Nicolas Maduro accused Guaido of a coup attempt and said it had been quelled. On Wednesday, Maduro vowed that those involved in the alleged coup attempt would be pursued and jailed.

The OVCS said 130 people had been injured by bullets, rubber bullets and tear gas nationwide during the protests.

It reported repression against demonstrators in 14 of the country’s 23 states, including 11 attacks on press freedom, such as journalists being injured by rubber bullets.

Guaido has the backing of more than 50 countries as Venezuela’s self-declared interim president, including strong support from the United States.

The vast majority of the army has so far stood by Maduro, who enjoys the backing of Russia and China.

Guaido called on his supporters to engage in work stoppages that would begin on Thursday and that could eventually expand into a general strike.

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