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Venezuelan authorities free dozens of student protesters as clashes with security forces continue

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Venezuelan authorities free dozens of student protesters as clashes with security forces continue


Anti-government protesters clashed with police in Venezuela’s capital Caracas on Friday night.

Security forces used tear gas and water canon to clear the demonstrations.

Protesters are angry at issues ranging from high levels of violent crime to economic hardship and say they want to be able to show their discontent with the government.

“What we want is to be allowed to finish the protest, peacefully in Altamira Square, but they do not allow us, they’ve been attacking us for a while now,” said Yoifer Vargas, one of the protesters.

Meanwhile, authorities have freed 25 student protesters and say another 74 arrested will also be processed quickly.

In a televised speech, President Maduro warned that the government would not tolerate anymore disruptions including blocking the motorways.

“The general commander of the National Guard is on the ground, monitoring the violent outbreaks that are taking place out there, the shutting down of motorways (by protesters). Here, we are not going to allow any more motorways to be shut down. They should not be closed. I will not allow it, enough!”

In Argentina, supporters and opponents of Maduro’s government demonstrated outside the Venezuelan Embassy in Buenos Aires.

The Argentinian government has been amongst several South American governments to pledge support for Maduro.

In a statement, the Foreign Office in Argentina said they condemned “the actions of authoritarian groups, corporations and those linked to financial and product speculation that want to govern de facto, impose their sectional interests and overthrow legitimate governments supported by popular will.”

More protests are planned in Caracas for Saturday.

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