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More than two weeks of anti-government protests in Venezuela have left 17 people dead, the country’s attorney general said Friday.
“Up to now we have 17 fatalities and 261 injured. Today we’re summoning 59 people (to court) because there is still a group of Venezuelans who insist on destabilizing the country,” Luisa Ortega told reporters at an event marking the 25th anniversary of the popular revolt known as the “Caracazo.”
She said that 27 investigations have begun into alleged human-rights violations both by members of the security forces and by “those attacking the Venezuelan government.”
One of the latest fatalities took place Thursday in the central state of Carabobo, where a young man, who was “removing the barricades that a group of Venezuelans placed in the streets to block traffic, was hit by a bullet,” Ortega said.
About the case of protester Marvinia Jimenez, a 35-year-old seamstress who is charged for an altercation with police that left her injured, the attorney general said that, according to the police report, “she also committed crimes.”
She added, however, that prosecutors have already taken a police officer into custody for attacking Jimenez.
Venezuela has been immersed in a wave of protests since a political demonstration on Feb. 12 ended in violence, with two opposition demonstrators and one government supporter slain.
Eight agents of the Sebin intelligence service are in custody in that case.