Valenzuela protests call for President to step down, 8 killed so far

Marchers in Caracas were forced back by lines of soldiers and police deployed to contain riots

The opponents of the Venezuelan government promised to go on fresh huge protests this Thursday, in a bid to oust President Nicolas Maduro after a day of deadly clashes in the oil-rich nation, Agence France-Presse reported.

According to the AFP, a 17-year-old boy and a 23-year-old woman died after being shot Wednesday during massive protests, and a soldier outside Caracas was said to have been killed, bringing the number of people killed this month to eight in a mounting political crisis.

“Riot police fired tear gas to force back stone-throwing demonstrators as hundreds of thousands of people fed up with food shortages and demanding elections joined protest marches in Caracas and several other cities.” AFP explained.

Thousands of Maduro’s supporters held a counter-rally in central Caracas, added AFP.

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