Venezuela protesters bring 'poo bombs' to hurl at cops

Geneva Matthews
May 12, 2017

The unrest began after the Supreme Court stripped congress of its last powers, a decision it later reversed amid a torrent of worldwide criticism.

The latest violence comes after the death of a motorcyclist who was shot in the head in Caracas. On Wednesday, Miguel Castillo, a 27-year-old college graduate, was killed.

"The striking part is the turmoil in nearly all categories that this bulletin addresses, with particularly significant increased in the infant and maternal health categories".

Venezuela's opposition and rights campaigners voiced alarm Tuesday over claims that the military is holding and prosecuting scores of people detained in recent anti-government protests.

The troops responded with tear gas and water cannon.

Many rights activists see the increasing reliance on military tribunals to try civilian protesters as an echo of the dark days of the 1970s and 1980s, when military dictatorships in Chile, Brazil and elsewhere bypassed civilian jurisdictions to prosecute political opponents accused of being national security threats tied to worldwide communism.

Tensions intensified last week after President Nicholas Maduro sought to hold a special assembly to rewrite the country's constitution.

Lansberg-Rodriguez said those within the military who dislike the government tend to be lower-ranking officers, and that it is possible there will be more defections.

Capriles joined thousands of demonstrators in the streets of Caracas on Wednesday in the latest protest, part of a six-week-long wave of unrest, as demonstrators prepared to throw faeces at security forces, adding to the customary rocks, petrol bombs and tear gas.

One person was killed and dozens were injured as national guardsmen tear-gassed protesters in Caracas as they tried to march to the Supreme Court.

President Nicolas Maduro says the health crisis is caused by medicines being hoarded to encourage a coup against him.

On Wednesday he went a step further saying some of them wanted to "defend the constitution".

Venezuela's opposition, non-government organisations and global bodies have accused the government of using military courts against its critics.

Thousands of babies died in Venezuela past year, new official data show, highlighting the tragic impact of the country's economic crisis as political tension heightened with deadly street clashes Wednesday.

Local rights group Penal Forum said 1,845 people had been detained since April 1 over the protests, with 591 still behind bars.

In the first figures released for two years, the Health Ministry said the number of women dying in childbirth was up by 65%, while child deaths were up 30%.

The 54-year-old successor to Hugo Chavez says his foes are seeking a coup with US support.

There were also 240,613 cases of malaria past year, up 76.4 per cent compared with 2015, with most cases of the mosquito-borne disease reported in the rough-and-tumble Bolivar state.

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