Dozens hurt, 1 dead in violent day of protests in Venezuela

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In downtown Caracas, government supporters also rallied, dancing salsa and waving pictures of Maduro's predecessor Hugo Chavez who remains venerated by many, especially the poor. Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro attempted to march to the Supreme Court to p.

Daily clashes between demonstrators and security forces have left 38 people dead since April 1, prosecutors say.

More than 1,300 people have been detained in the unrest, not including 250 civilians who have been presented before military tribunals. Some lawyers and opposition leaders put the number far higher.

Young Venezuelan protesters lobbed bottles and bags of faeces at soldiers who fought with tear gas on Wednesday to block the latest march in more than a month of nationwide protests against socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

The words used by Luis Almagro were strong, but not almost has strong as those used by anti-government protesters marching in Caracas on Monday. Maduro's government says a coup-mongering elite is hoarding medicines to stoke unrest. "We can not remain silent in the face of such obvious abuse of the basic human rights of Venezuelans".

Infant deaths, cases of malaria and maternal mortality increase drastically due to shortage of medicines and basic life saving equipments at public hospitals in Venezuela.

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There were also 240,613 cases of malaria past year, up 76.4 per cent compared with 2015, with most cases of the mosquito-borne disease reported in the rough-and-tumble Bolivar state. Maternal deaths rose 66% to 756. It said 11,466 babies died in 2016, up from 8,812 the year before.

The report was the first released by the Health Ministry since July 2015. Two were hospitalized with gunshot wounds, he said.

He said: "The government is arbitrarily attacking us, whereas we are seeking a way to protest that we need a change of government".

And it's not just medicine. When patients can get the money together to purchase these items, they become targets - hospital rooms are not safe from thieves looking to sell medication on the black market, or fellow patients in desperation.

The health figures only represent one of many crises in Venezuela, which was once the richest nation in Latin America and is still home to the world's largest oil reserves.

"These kids live in a dictatorship, they have no other option but to protest however they see fit", Maria Montilla, 49, told the Reuters news agency as she joined a protest on Caracas' main thoroughfare, taking up a position behind younger demonstrators wearing masks and taking aim at National Guard troops with stones and feces. One National Police spokesman however said officers were guaranteeing demonstrators' right to protest.