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.