- Title: Venezuelans march to remember victims of protest violence
- Date: 27th April 2017
- Summary: PLACARD WITH IMAGE OF JUAN PERNALETE, STUDENT KILLED IN PROTEST, BEING HELD BY PROTESTER
- Embargoed: 11th May 2017 23:19
- Keywords: opposition Veneuzela deaths violence President Nicolas Maduro Lilian Tintori Leopoldo Lopez
- Location: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- City: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- Country: Venezuela
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0026E6FGOZ
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- Story Text: Venezuelans marched in Caracas on Thursday (April 27) to remember those killed during protests in the divided OPEC nation against the government of President Nicolas Maduro.
According to reports, the death toll from this month's unrest rose to 29 this week. The latest victim was Juan Pernalete, a 20-year-old university student on a sports scholarship.
The wife of jailed opposition Venezuelan leader Leopoldo Lopez, Lilian Tintori, and Maduro rival Henrique Capriles marched alongside protesters.
Speaking to media, Tintori said the country was in mourning for those killed.
The wave of protests since early April against socialist President Nicolas Maduro have sparked Venezuela's worst violence since 2014. Demonstrators want elections to end the socialists' two-decade rule, but the South American nation's brutal economic crisis is also fuelling anger.
Maduro has dismissed the protests as being backed by those seeking a violent coup against his government.
Protesters accuse authorities in using heavy-handed tactics against protesters.
According to reports, Pernalete was killed by the national guard after a tear gas canister was allegedly fired at him in close range.
During this month's protests, more than 1,500 people have been arrested, with 800 still detained, according to rights group Penal Forum.
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