Four protesters wounded in clashes with Venezuelan police

October 25, 2016 1:30 pm
At least four people have sustained injuries in clashes that erupted between Venezuelan police and anti-government student protesters on Monday. 
Demonstrators took to the streets of San Cristobal to express their dissent over a court decision to suspend the collection of signatures for a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro.
The students erected barricades in the streets, hurling stones and bottles towards riot police, who responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.
The National Electoral Council (NEC) on Thursday stopped the signature collection process from moving on to the next stage. Criminal courts in five states ruled that the opposition had committed fraud in a preliminary signature collecting.
The indefinite suspension of the plebiscite prompted the opposition to call for protest rallies across the Latin American country, accusing the government of have carried out a coup.

Anti-government students clash with riot police during a protest in San Cristobal in ’s Tachira state, Oct. 24, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

On Friday, another court barred several important opposition leaders from traveling abroad. The government did not give an explanation but it has already accused them of conspiring with the US to oust Maduro. 
The Monday rally was held as Maduro’s government and the opposition decided to hold talks next weekend in an attempt to find a solution to the country’s political crisis.
The opposition coalition blames Maduro for the country’s drastic economic meltdown, hyperinflation and acute shortages of food and medicine. 
The socialist president rejects the accusations, saying the opposition, sponsored by the United States, has launched an economic war against the country in an attempt to trigger a coup d’état against his administration.
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