Venezuela's capital erupts in protests against President

Venezuela's capital erupts in protests against President

Troy Powers
April 13, 2017

Demonstrators in Venezuela have fought with security officers during protests calling for President Nicolas Maduro to step down.

Anti-government demonstrations have repeatedly been held in Caracas in recent to protest against a recent decision by the Supreme Court to temporarily assume some responsibilities of the National Assembly as long as the legislature continued to be "in contempt" of the constitution.

While the court quickly overturned the most controversial part of its decision, the move triggered condemnation both home and overseas.

Al Jazeera's Teresa Bo reports.

Venezuela's state prosecutor's office said yesterday a 20-year old man had been fatally shot in the neck on Monday night while he was at a protest in the city of Valencia, the second confirmed death in anti-government unrest in the last week. But opposition leaders renewed calls to take to the streets, saying Maduro's words have no credibility until a full election timeline has been formally established.

The worldwide community has responded with mixed opinions to Venezuela's current political turmoil, which has seen violent clashes between opposition demonstrators and state security forces in eastern Caracas.

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The clashes were the latest escalation in an ongoing political crisis in Venezuela in which severe shortages of food and medicine and Maduro's increasingly authoritarian rule have been met by rising protests.

Duarte also discussed the unrest's first victim, 19-year-old Jairo Ortiz.

The National Assembly later held a special meeting with dozens of civil society members to establish an agenda and create working groups with the goals of holding elections, letting humanitarian aid enter the country, restoring democratic institutions and freeing those deemed political prisoners.

Nine people, including two teenagers, were arrested for breaking into an office of the Supreme Court and vandalising it at the end of Saturday's march. But some protesters said on social media that its usage amid volleys of tear gas produced nausea and vomiting, while government supporters said it was similar to crowd-control flares used in Spain.

Some 188 protesters, majority students, were arrested in the period April 4-8 and 57 are still behind bars, rights group Penal Forum said on Monday. The encounter took place after the government banned opposition leader Henrique Capriles from running for office for 15 years.

Maduro was meanwhile in Havana for a meeting of foreign ministers of the leftist ALBA bloc, a Latin American group co-founded by his late mentor, Hugo Chavez.