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article imageYoung man dies in Venezuela unrest, toll hits 36

By AFP     May 5, 2017 in World

A young man died Friday after being injured in unrest in Venezuela, an official said, bringing the toll from more than a month of violence to at least 36.

Hecder Lugo Perez, 22, died after being hit in the head by a projectile in the northwestern city of Valencia, sources at the Valles de San Diego medical clinic said.

Mass protests erupted on April 1 by demonstrators demanding elections to remove President Nicolas Maduro. Looting also broke out in Valencia.

Maduro is resisting pressure from the opposition, which blames him for an economic crisis that has led to food shortages.

City Mayor Enzo Scarano confirmed Perez's death.

Valencia has become one of the flashpoints of looting and clashes which have also seen violence at daily mass demos in the capital.

Reports said people in Valencia had begun hoarding basic foodstuffs and barricading housing developments to keep looters out.

The local chamber of commerce said at least 70 stores have been raided since Tuesday.

Maduro's opponents called for women to march on Saturday dressed in white, a traditional show of defiance against what they brand a repressive government.

The president says the crisis is a US-backed conspiracy.

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