Chaos as HUNDREDS injured in Venezuelan capital during violent clashes for fifth day

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
By Paul Martin

VENEZUELA has been rocked by violent scenes for a fifth day as opposition demonstrators and government security forces clashed in the capital, Caracas.

Tue, Apr 11, 2017

At least 200 people have been injured as massive crowds attempted to reach the city centre to demonstrate outside the Supreme Court of Justice.

The streets of Caracas and several other Venezuelan cities have been the scene of running clashes in recent days, with police firing tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon at demonstrators hurling rocks and molotov cocktails.

An 87-year-old woman was reported to have died in her apartment in the Colinas de Bello Monte neighbourhood after inhaling tear gas thrown by police during street demonstrations.

Opposition protesters have taken to the streets of Caracas and at least four other cities over the past two weeks, rejecting several Supreme Court rulings which would see parliament shut down.

The court aimed to assume the functions of the opposition-led Congress, sparking outcry among Venezuelans already suffering from triple-digit inflation and widespread shortages of basic goods.

While the court quickly overturned the most controversial part of its decision, the move triggered condemnation both home and abroad.

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