At least two people were killed on Wednesday when violent clashes marred a national holiday in Venezuela, marking the beginning of the struggle of an independent country from Spain.
Several hours after rival marches by the opposition and supporters of President Nicolas Maduro, the Venezuelan Ministry said it launched an investigation into the shooting of 17-year-old man who was shot in the head in Caracas. The teenager, later identified as Carlos Moreno died during surgery, said a hospital spokesman. Sister Moreno, Alejandra, said that Carlos studied Economics at the Venezuelan Central University in Caracas.
Later the Ministry reported that it also investigates the murder of Andreani Paola Ramirez Gomez, who was killed at Plaza San Carlos in San Cristobal, state of Tachira. The paramedic and the Director of civil protection in Tachira, said the woman lost a lot of blood and was already dead from a gunshot wound to the chest when he came.
Maduro on Sunday evening placed the Venezuelan armed forces on the streets in the face of growing tensions. March on Wednesday said the growing political rifts in a country where the opposition accused Maduro in the establishment of the dictatorship in the past few years. The government has repeatedly blocked any attempts by the opposition to oust Maduro from power by a vote in the referendum. It also postponed the conduct of local and state elections.
In Washington, U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson expressed concern to reporters on Wednesday that "the government Maduro is violating its own Constitution and not allow the opposition to Express their dissatisfaction, and doesn't want to hear the opinion of the Venezuelan people".
Instead take steps to reduce tensions in relations with the opposition, Maduro maintains a confrontational tone with opposition and protesters, whom he calls "vandals and terrorists."
Meanwhile, the food shortage in the country escalated. Venezuelans live for weeks in some cases months, without products such as milk, eggs, flour, and personal hygiene products such as soap and toilet paper. When the shelves have food and water, the prices are so high that few Venezuelans can afford it.
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