have shut down main roads and highways across the #Venezuelan
, leading to confrontations with #security
forces. Opposition #activists
claimed they were #shot
and have reported injuries.
A special #police
division, the DCDO, was dispatched to the La California area of the city on Monday, where protesters blocked the Francisco de Miranda Avenue with makeshift barriers of garbage and debris, according to El Nacional.
#Teargas was reportedly fired on protesters next to the Lider shopping center, and opposition activists on social media also claimed that #demonstrators
were shot at with pellets, leading to a number of #injuries
“We note that the Organized Crime Bureau (DCDO) of the PNB [the Bolivarian National Police], has #no
jurisdiction in public order and the management of demonstrations,” PROVEA (Venezuelan Human Rights Education and Action Program), a Venezuelan human rights organization, wrote on Twitter. “Accusing demonstrators of ‘ #terrorism
’ encourages more repression and may encourage the use of special brigades for repression.” Anti-government protesters are heeding a call by the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) – a coalition of opposition parties – to block the main roads in the country in protest against the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro.
Protests have been ongoing in #Venezuela #since #March
29 after the #SupremeCourt
ruled to #takeover
the duties of the National Assembly, a ruling many saw as #undemocratic
.Although the Supreme Court #repealed
the ruling three days later, this was not enough to assuage anti-government protesters. A number of these rallies have turned #violent
and 21 people have #died
in the protests so far #this #month
. The latest casualty was a woman at a pro-government rally who was hit on the head with a bottle of frozen water.
The opposition has demanded the government hold fresh #elections
as soon as possible, but although #Maduro
has agreed, a date has yet to be set.
Read more at #rtnews #seditionamongmen #riots #uproars