Reuters: Mayhem rages in west Venezuela; Capriles blocked from U.N. trip
Mobs looted shops and fought security forces overnight in Venezuela's restive western region, where three soldiers were being charged on Thursday with the fatal shooting of a man who was buying diapers for his baby, witnesses said.
Six weeks of anti-government unrest have resulted in at least 44 deaths, as well as hundreds of injuries and arrests in the worst turmoil of President Nicolas Maduro's four-year rule of the South American OPEC-member country.
Protesters are demanding elections to kick out the socialist government that they accuse of wrecking the economy and turning Venezuela into a dictatorship. Maduro, 54, the successor to late leader Hugo Chavez, says his foes are seeking a violent coup.
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WNU Editor: If this happens, Venezuela will be a step or two away from an armed revolution, or even a civil war .... In secret recording, Venezuelan general pushes for snipers to control demonstrators (Miami Herald).
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