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Venezuela fires health chief in deadly crisis

Christy Curtis | 14 May, 2017, 00:24

The next day the government fired minister Antonieta Caporale, the official journal said.

The demo drew attention to the suffering of Venezuelans, particularly the elderly, in an economic crisis that has caused shortages of food and medicine in the oil-rich country. There was also a jump in illnesses such as diphtheria and Zika.

Wednesday's data referred to 2016, but Caporale took over as health minister only in January this year. The opposition accuses Maduro of violently breaking up the protests, which Maduro calls a violent effort to overthrow him.Players including Salomon Rondon, a striker playing professionally in England for West Bromwich Albion, and Oswaldo Vizcarrondo, a defender for Nantes in France, called for an end to the crackdown."Venezuela demands freedom, enough of so much repression and death", said Nicolas "Miku" Fedor, a forward at Rayo Vallecano, a team in Spain's second division.

On May 1, President Nicolas Maduro called for a new Constitution as a means of overcoming the political crisis, and a presidential commission in the process of forming a constituent assembly to draft the document. Opponents of Maduro blame his socialist policies for the crisis.

The death toll from the unrest hit 38 on Wednesday, when a 27-year-old man was shot dead in a protest in Caracas, the government said.

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Riot police with helmets and shields used pepper spray several times to control the crowd, while the elderly threw punches and yelled curses.

It was a challenge and a test for the security forces, who have repeatedly driven back younger protesters trying to reach the state institutions in central Caracas, in often violent clashes. A representative of the office listened briefly to their grievances on the street instead.

Since launching protests against Maduro in early April, Venezuela's opposition has sought to vary tactics by staging silent and candle-lit marches, for instance, and rallies for women, musicians and medics. Opposition leaders joined them, hugging and linking arms with the pensioners.

The government responded with a rival march to show support to Maduro, with thousands of pro-government elderly people taking to the streets of Caracas.

Some material from this report was provided by Reuters.

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