Venezuela deaths rise

 

Venezuela deaths rise as unrest claims student and biker

BY DANIEL WALLIS AND TOMAS SARMIENTO

CARACAS Sat Feb 22, 2014 11:06pm EST

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Demonstrators run for cover as they confront police during a protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, February 22, 2014. REUTERS-Carlos Garcia Rawlins
Demonstrators help a girl overcome by tear gas as protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, February 22, 2014. REUTERS-Carlos Garcia Rawlins
 
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Opposition supporters march protest against Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas February 22, 2014. REUTERS-Christian Veron

1 OF 9. Demonstrators run for cover as they confront police during a protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, February 22, 2014.

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(Reuters) – A female student and a young supermarket worker were the latest fatalities from Venezuela’s political unrest as the death toll from 10 days of violence rose on Saturday to at least eight.

Both sides are mourning supporters killed in the worst turmoil since President Nicolas Maduro narrowly won an election in April 2013 to replace the late socialist leader Hugo Chavez.

The government blames “fascist groups” seeking a coup like the one that briefly ousted Chavez 12 years ago, while the opposition is accusing troops and pro-Maduro militants of attacking peaceful demonstrators.

Opposition officials and local media in central Carabobo state said a 23-year-old student, Geraldine Moreno, died in hospital on Saturday after being shot in the face with rubber bullets as security forces broke up a protest there on February 19.

“They told us there was nothing more they could do,” Moreno’s distraught mother, Rosa Orozco, told a local paper.

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