- Title: Venezuela's opposition remembers fallen youth killed in protest
- Date: 25th July 2017
- Summary: CARACAS, VENEZUELA (JULY 24, 2017) (REUTERS) PROTESTER AND MOURNERS GATHERED AT WALL NEAR WHERE PROTESTER NEOMAR LANDER DIED PROTESTERS GATHERED AND SINGING TO REMEMBER VICTIMS OF PROTESTS SIGN ON WALL TO UNOFFICIALLY RE-NAME TUNNEL AFTER NEOMAR LANDER, POSTER OF LANDER'S COVERED ON WALL AND WITH HASHTAG "#IAMALIBERATOR" ONLOOKERS GATHERED ABOVE, WITH BANNER WITH LANDER'S IMAGE HUNG OFF RAILINGS
- Embargoed: 8th August 2017 00:03
- Keywords: government unity vote political crisis Constituent Assembly vote opposition rally anti-Maduro conflict political turmoil Venezuela
- Location: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- City: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- Country: Venezuela
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA0016R2WBIB
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- Story Text: Venezuelans gathered on a street in Caracas on Monday (July 24) to remember the life of a teenager who died whilst protesting against President Nicolas Maduro, amidst widespread anger at the government over food shortages, a flailing economy and rampant crime.
Neomar Lander, a 17-year-old protester, died last month in ferocious clashes between security forces and protesters. The opposition reported that Lander was killed by a tear gas canister fired straight at him. But authorities say he died when a homemade mortar exploded in his hands. The teen has since become a symbol of youth resistance in Venezuela.
Some 100 people have died since demonstrations began against President Nicolas Maduro more than three months ago. Each side blames the other for the violence.
Critics denounce Maduro as a repressive dictator, and are demanding general elections, foreign humanitarian aid, freedom for hundreds of jailed activists, and autonomy for the opposition-controlled National Assembly. They accuse Maduro of seeking to cement his rule over the country with the election of a Constituent Assembly with powers to change the constitution. They fear the body will be stacked by the government. Maduro, 54, calls his foes violent right-wing "fascist" conspirators seeking a coup similar to the short-lived 2002 toppling of his predecessor Hugo Chavez.
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