Man set on fire as violent turmoil sweeps Venezuela

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By Christopher Cummins  with Agencies
Man set on fire as violent turmoil sweeps Venezuela

The violence in Venezuela is growing ever more brutal as the country enters a 50th day of protest against the rule of president Nicolas Maduro.

A man was set alight during an anti-government rally in Caracas.

Protesters claim the man was a thief and was doused in petrol and ignited.

The president said he was attacked because he was a ‘Chavista’ from the ruling Socialist Party.

Maduro went on television to denounce the attack:“We’ve never, ever seen a person set on fire here, like the way ISIL terrorists do it in the Middle East. That a person was set on fire, beaten up, they stabbed him four times. They hit him and nearly lynched him, just because someone shouted out that he was a ‘Chavista’, or because someone else shouted out that he was robbing them.”

The victim is now in hospital.

Scores of people have been killed in the protests.

Venezuela is in full-blown crisis, food and medicine are in short supply, looting and a break down of law and order is widespread.
The opposition accuse the government of attacking the democratic institutions and economic mismanagement.