(Vatican Radio) In Venezuela officials confirm a fifth person has died, as a result of the ongoing anti-government protests, which have already lasted two weeks. More demonstrations are happening today.
Listen to the report by James Blears:
The dead include two students and a thirteen year old child. The latest protests flared, with a government decision to ban opposition leader Henrique Capriles from public office for 15 years.
Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro are demanding that postponed regional elections must be held. President Maduro's vehicle was attacked by protesters, as he left a military celebration in the South Eastern State of Bolivar. It was pelted with stones, and also eggs...an increasingly rare commodity in Venezuela, where basic daily necessities are in scarce supply.
Venezuela's Electoral Court has ruled against a Referendum on President Maduro's Administration, saying there was fraud in the initial voting process. This is denied by the opposition.
Once oil rich Venezuela is economically imploding in a deepening crisis as its infrastructure crumbles. The Government claims this is a part of a sustained capitalist/imperialist conspiracy. While the umbrella opposition coalition known by the nickname MUD, claims it's chronic mismanagement.
More street protests are planned for today.