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Protests in Venezuela left at least three people dead, a 17-year-old man shot in the head, a 23-year-old woman and a member of the militarized police force, as well as dozens injured and hundreds arrested.


Tens of thousands of people attended Wednesday the calls for opposition and Chavism group to protest against and in favour of the Government in the framework of the public holiday for the commemoration of the 207 years of a popular event that marked the first step to the independence of Venezuela from Spain.

In some of the marches of the Democratic Unity Table (MUD), there were flash points of violence, thus, there are at least nine dead, including two agents of the public forces, and nearly 1,000 detainees in almost three weeks of anti-government protests on the streets of Venezuela.

The opposition marched throughout the country and in Caracas anti-government protesters left from 26 places, walked the main roads in east of the capital and, once again, their intentions to reach the headquarters of the Ombudsman’s Office in the center of the city were frustrated.

Shortly after noon, the death of a 17-year-old man, Carlos José Moreno, was reported after being shot in the head as he walked through the center of Caracas, near one of the opposition demonstrations, although it is unknown who could be the author.

The victim’s brother, Melvin Sojo, told reporters that the deceased was an economics student and he was passing through the demonstration, having left his home to cross Caracas from west to east and participate in a football match.

In different parts of the Venezuelan capital, there were strong points of repression against opponents who were repelled by tear gas and pellets, which also occurred in other cities of the country, such as the western Maracaibo and San Cristobal.

It was in San Cristobal, capital of the state of Táchira, where a 23-year-old woman was killed after being shot, apparently not participating in any demonstration, even though she was near a protest scene.

Also, a second sergeant of the Bolivarian National Guard (militarized police) died victim of a sniper in the municipality of Los Salias, satellite town of the Venezuelan capital, according to the Defender of the People, Tarek William Saab, who also affirmed that Colonel Juan Carlos Arias was wounded by gunfire.

“We do not know the number of the wounded, we do not know the number of detainees, only the death toll is known,” said two-time presidential candidate Henrique Capriles at a press conference of the opposition alliance Mesa de The Democratic Unit (MUD).

The marches ended with invitations from opposition leaders to continue this Thursday with anti-government protests and the government of Nicolas Maduro to start a new political dialogue.

Madrid / Caracas, April 20, 2017, EFE/Practica Español

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En el texto se dice que...
El Gobierno venezolano no está reprimiendo a ninguno de los manifestantes.
La violencia ha cesado en el país venezolano.
Las protestas en Venezuela se han cobrado la vida de más personas.
Question 2
En el texto se dice que...
Hubo manifestaciones en toda Venezuela.
Las manifestaciones en Caracas fueron suspendidas.
Solo hubo manifestaciones en la capital venezolana.
Question 3
Según un líder de la oposición venezolana...
Todavía no se sabe la cifra de personas heridas y arrestadas.
Se desconoce el número de fallecidos en estas manifestaciones.
Se conocerá en breve la cifra de víctimas y heridos en estas manifestaciones.
Question 4
En el texto se dice que...
Todas las manifestaciones fueron convocadas por el oficialismo venezolano.
Todas esas manifestaciones fueron convocadas para apoyar a los opositores venezolanos.
Muchos venezolanos se manifestaron para mostrar su rechazo a las políticas de Maduro.
Question 5
Según el texto, ¿continuarán las marchas de protestas?
No se sabe.
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