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Venezuela: at least three dead as anti-government protests continue

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By Euronews
Venezuela: at least three dead as anti-government protests continue

<p>At least three people were reportedly killed in Venezuela on Monday, as anti-government protests continued. </p> <p>They take the death toll to more than two dozen in a month of unrest that’s seen politically motivated shootings and daily unrest. </p> <p>In the capital Caracas, police used tear gas on some of the demonstrators.</p> <p>There were also mass sit-ins on Monday. Those taking part in the action want early elections, the release of jailed activists and autonomy for the opposition-led congress. </p> <p>The action is also fuelled by an economic crisis, which is crippling this oil-rich nation of some 30 million people.</p> <p>“We’re tired. Young people are leaving the country, there’s no future here,” said one demonstrator.</p> <p>“We don’t want more violence, more dead people because of this regime, which is a criminal regime. We want to get out of this. And the only way for us to put an end to all this is protesting in the street.”</p> <p>The socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro, who was seen playing baseball at the weekend, accuses critics of seeking a violent coup. The opposition says he is a dictator, repressing peaceful protest.</p>