April 19 (UPI) — An anti-government march organizers called the “mother of all protests” in Venezuela turned deadly Wednesday when at least three people were killed, including a national guardsman.
Demonstrators in downtown Caracas were dispersed by police using tear gas during the largest in a wave of protests this month by opponents of President Nicolas Maduro. They demanded elections and a return to democratic rule.
Two protesters were killed, according to human rights groups, including 17-year-old Carlos Moreno. He was shot in the head in Caracas.
A 24-year-old woman was shot at a protest in the western Venezuelan state of Táchira, the Washington Post reported.
Seven protesters have been killed in demonstrations against Maduro’s government, the BBC reported.
But protesters vowed to continue voicing their efforts in a country racked by food shortages and political unrest.
“This is exhausting — but we won’t give up until we achieve a better country and democracy,” said Luiza Mayorca, a lawyer and mother of three in Caracas. “Every time we do something, that’s what we feel: that the worst thing would be to stay home, let fear take over us. This government, this regime, is making life miserable, and we cannot accept it.”