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Violence flares in Venezuela, protesting violinist injured

Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 01:16

A violinist who has become one of the best-known faces of protests against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was injured on Saturday in violent clashes in Caracas. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: A violinist who has become one of the best-known faces of protests against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was injured on Saturday in violent clashes in Caracas. The Democratic Unity coalition had called a march on the pro-Maduro Supreme Court in support of alternative magistrates appointed by the opposition on Friday. But security forces blocked their way with armored cars and riot shields. Clashes ensued for several hours as hundreds of masked youths hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at National Guard troops firing tear gas from motorcycles. Various people were injured, including musician Wuilly Arteaga. The 23-year-old has become famous in Venezuela for playing of the national anthem and other tunes on his violin in front of security lines as battles rage around him. Paramedics attended Arteaga in the street as blood poured down his face. He later tweeted a video from hospital with a bandaged face and clutching his violin. "Neither rubber bullets nor pellets will stop our fight for Venezuela's independence," said Arteaga. "Tomorrow I will be back in the streets." At least ten journalists were also injured in melees around Caracas, opposition leader Maria Corina Machado said. The opposition coalition and a self-styled, youth-led "Resistance" movement in early April launched protests against Maduro whom they accuse of turning the country into a dictatorship and wrecking what should be a prosperous economy. Maduro calls demonstrators "terrorists" seeking a coup with the support of the United States and the international media. Some 100 people have died in the unrest since April, including five during a national strike on Thursday. Thousands more have also been injured and hundreds arrested.

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Violence flares in Venezuela, protesting violinist injured

Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 01:16