Venezuela protest for fresh election


Venezuela, dozens of protesters have been injured in the capital and a 27-year-old man has died in another day of violent clashes during demonstrations demanding elections. National guardsmen launched tear gas yesterday as protesters in Caracas tried to march to the Supreme Court. The formerly oil rich country of Venezuela is in crisis, with anti-government protests and violent police crackdowns on demonstrations is continuing and 38 people are killed in cross street protests and economy is in crisis. Protesters killed: 37 Injured: 700 Political prisoners: 114.

Caracas-area Mayor Ramon Muchacho said 84 people have been hospitalized. Protester Miguel Castillo was killed during the turmoil. He had recently graduated from Santa Maria University with a degree in communications.

At least 38 people have been killed in more than a month of political unrest instigated after Venezuela’s Supreme Court stripped congress of its last powers, a decision it later reversed.

Protesters blame socialist President Nicolas Maduro for rising crime, vast food and medical supply shortages and triple-digit inflation.

Deaths of mothers in childbirth soared by two-thirds meanwhile, according to the data published online by the ministry — the latest such figures since 2015.

It said 11,466 babies younger than one year old died in 2016, up from 8,812 the year before. The report gave no comparative rate in relation to the number of births.

Among the causes of infant death it cited were septicemia, pneumonia, premature birth and breathing difficulties.

The report said 756 women died in childbirth, just under 66 percent more than the previous year.

Cases of malaria rose by 76 percent to more than 240,000.

Medical associations thought the disease had been eradicated in Venezuela but say it has re-emerged during the past three years of crisis and reached epidemic level in 13 of the country’s 24 states.

The collapse in prices for Venezuela’s crucial oil exports has left it short of cash to import medicine and basic goods.

Deadly unrest broke out last month with the opposition demanding elections to replace President Nicolas Maduro, whom they blame for the crisis.

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