Venezuela: 30 deaths reportedly linked to anti-government protests

Opposition activists throw stones during a protest against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on March 2, 2014. LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images

CARACAS, Venezuela – Two more people have been reported dead as a result of anti-government protests in Venezuela.

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Local officials say an angry motorist shot and killed Argenis Hernandez while he and a group of student protesters were manning a barricade Friday on a highway outside Valencia, Venezuela’s third-largest city.

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And officials in the city of San Cristobal say 31-year-old bus driver Wilfredo Rey was shot in the head Friday night after armed supporters of Maduro entered an anti-government neighbourhood on motorcycles and began firing indiscriminately.

With the two deaths, at least 30 people have been killed during five weeks of clashes between protesters and security forces that are sometimes joined by armed groups on motorcycles loyal to Maduro’s socialist government.

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