Venezuela protest: More than 195 injured during clash

Opposition demonstrators on Feb. 12. Armed pro-government groups attacked and shot at people protesting against Maduro's government late last Tuesday in the Andean city of Merida in western Venezuela, injuring five, activists said.

Caracas: More than 195 people got injured in a protest here against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s bid to elect a Constituent Assembly to reform the Constitution.

According to the mayor of El Hatillo municipality, David Smolansky, “several atrocities were committed” on Wednesday by police officers who were deployed throughout the capital city to “repress” the people who were protesting peacefully, Efe news reported.

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Smolansky said that, in addition to a 17 year-old who died during Wednesday’s clashes, 196 people were wounded, with one in intensive care.

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