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Venezuela prosecutor says protesters killed by police

Published:Wednesday | May 24, 2017 | 12:00 AM
An anti-government protester kicks at riot police blocking a march of elders against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, on May 12.

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP):
Venezuela's chief prosecutor on Wednesday further distanced herself from the socialist administration, deepening the widest rift in a government that has otherwise presented a united front against six weeks of protests.

Public Prosecutor Luisa Ortega said that a 20-year-old protester had been killed by a tear gas canister fired by state security forces although others in the administration have gone to great lengths to deny that version of events. They said the protester had been killed either by fellow demonstrators or criminals trying to make the government look bad.

The anti-government protests continued on Wednesday.

Ortega said 55 people have been killed in the unrest, about half by riot police and soldiers, and about 1,000 injured.

State-run television usually carries the speeches of government officials, but did not broadcast the one by Ortega.