- Title: Venezuelan protest violence flares, violinist injured
- Date: 22nd July 2017
- Summary: CARACAS, VENEZUELA (JULY 22, 2017) (REUTERS) NATIONAL GUARD FIRING TEAR GAS CANISTERS PROTESTERS DURING CLASHES WITH NATIONAL GUARD DEMONSTRATORS THROWING ROCKS VARIOUS OF CLASHES BETWEEN DEMONSTRATORS AND NATIONAL GUARD NATIONAL GUARD RIOT VEHICLE VIOLINIST WUILLY ARTEAGA SEEN IN CLOUDS OF TEAR GAS DEMONSTRATORS FACING NATIONAL GUARD VARIOUS OF DEMONSTRATORS THROWING MOLOTOV'S DEMONSTRATORS THROWING BACK TEAR GAS CANISTERS VARIOUS OF DEMONSTRATORS HOLDING SHIELDS WHILE TEAR GAS IS BEING FIRED PROTESTER SHOUTING AT NATIONAL GUARD PARAMEDICS HELPING INJURED PROTESTER DEMONSTRATOR THROWING BACK TEAR GAS CANISTER NATIONAL GUARD FIRING TEAR GAS DEMONSTRATORS RUNNING DEMONSTRATOR CLIMBING UP GATE NATIONAL GUARD RUNNING OVER COLLEAGUE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER ON MOTORBIKE INJURED DEMONSTRATOR NATIONAL GUARD LIFTING UP BARRICADES
- Embargoed: 5th August 2017 23:31
- Keywords: violinist Artega clashes violence tear gas injured
- Location: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- City: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- Country: Venezuela
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016QSTPVR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A violinist who has become one of the best-known faces of protests against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was injured on Saturday (July 22) in violent clashes in Caracas.
The Democratic Unity coalition had called a march on the pro-Maduro Supreme Court in support of alternative magistrates appointed by the opposition on Friday (July 21). But security forces blocked their way with armoured cars and riot shields.
Clashes ensued for several hours as hundreds of masked youths hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at National Guard troops firing tear gas from motorcycles.
Various people were injured, including musician Wuilly Arteaga. The 23-year-old has become famous in Venezuela for playing of the national anthem and other tunes on his violin in front of security lines as battles rage around him.
The opposition coalition and a self-styled, youth-led "Resistance" movement in early April launched protests against Maduro whom they accuse of turning the country into a dictatorship and wrecking what should be a prosperous economy.
Some 100 people have died in the unrest since April, including five during a national strike last week. Thousands more have also been injured and hundreds arrested.
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