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Funeral held for young musician killed in continuing Venezuela violence


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Funeral held for young musician killed in continuing Venezuela violence

As deadly unrest continues in Venezuela, the funeral’s been held for one of the victims.

Eighteen-year-old musician Armando Canizales, a member of the country’s youth orchestra programme, was killed in an anti-government protest in Caracas on Wednesday.

Relatives, friends and fellow musicians lined up to pay tribute to him. Famed Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudame mourned Canizales’ death on social media.

“I shared nine years of my life with him and it makes me sad that he didn’t get to enjoy the whole prime of his life. He turned 18 just a month ago, he just turned 18,” said friend Daniela Barbieri.

At least 37 people have now been killed in the unrest, with a 20-year-old protester reportedly shot in the head on Friday.

It is all fuelled by accusations that President Nicolas Maduro is consolidating a dictatorship. Nationwide women’s marches are planned for Saturday.

Maduro says the opposition is seeking a violent coup with US support.

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