Injuries at Venezuela protests against President Maduro
More than 20 people have been injured and 39 detained during anti-government protests in Venezuela, a local rights group has said.
Images circulated on social media of injured people on the ground. There are reports at least three were shot.
Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to protest against President Nicolas Maduro’s government.
It came after a recall referendum process – an attempt to remove Mr Maduro from power- was suspended.
Opposition activists had gathered about 200,000 signatures petitioning for a recall referendum.
But the process was halted last week. Officials said the signature collection process has been marred by fraud.
The country’s opposition-led parliament voted on Tuesday to open a trial against Mr Maduro, whom MPs accuse of violating the constitution.
Protesters clashed with security forces across the country, particularly in the western cities of San Cristobal and Maracaibo.
“The referendum was our constitutional right, and they have denied it. What are they scared of?” said Grimaldi Lopez at the rally in the capital, Caracas.
Using the hashtag #TomadeVenezuela or “Venezuela takeover”, people shared images of injured and bloodied protesters.
Alfredo Romero, leader of a human rights NGO, tweeted a picture of an injured 79-year-old woman, and said more than 20 people had been injured in the city of Merida alone.
what doesnt get mentioned is that there were also pro maduro rallies and these were also huge..but dont expect a non biased report from BBC!
“It came after a recall referendum process – an attempt to remove Mr Maduro from power- was suspended.”
this ant over till the west removes maduro..its their quest..