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

At least three people were reportedly killed in Venezuela on Monday, as anti-government protests continued.

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

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At least three people were reportedly killed in Venezuela on Monday, as anti-government protests continued.

They take the death toll to more than two dozen in a month of unrest that’s seen politically motivated shootings and daily unrest.

In the capital Caracas, police used tear gas on some of the demonstrators.

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.

The action is also fuelled by an economic crisis, which is crippling this oil-rich nation of some 30 million people.

“We’re tired. Young people are leaving the country, there’s no future here,” said one demonstrator.

“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.”

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.