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At least two dead in Venezuela clashes

Friday, March 07, 2014 - 01:13

March 6 - At least two dead as clashes continue in Venezuela as the country is hit by the worst unrest in a decade. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Unrest in Caracas amid reports that a Venezuelan soldier and a motorcyclist are killed in a stand-off with opposition demonstrators. Demonstrators are calling for the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro. For weeks, they have been staging rallies leading to clashes with security forces and government supporters. The Venezuelan National Guard is not backing down. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) COMMANDER OF THE VENEZUELAN NATIONAL GUARD, MAJOR GENERAL JUSTO NOGUERA PIETRI, SAYING: "We here continue to follow orders from the commander in chief, we are here to keep internal order and guard public order, give the citizens the security they need. And if it is necessary to lay down our lives here, we will do so, because order needs to be restored here. Enough already with the violence that is unjustly hurting the people." At least 20 people have been killed in the protests. As people gather to remember those who have died, there seems little chance of a Ukraine-style change of government. Analysts note the protests have remained relatively small and the military appears to remain behind Maduro.

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At least two dead in Venezuela clashes

Friday, March 07, 2014 - 01:13