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Armored Vehicle Rolls Over Protesters In Venezuela (Video)

| by Kathryn Schroeder

During an anti-government rally in Venezuela, an armored vehicle rolled over protesters (video below).

The incident took place on May 3 in the Caracas neighborhood of Altamira, when protesters chased riot police with sticks and stones, and authorities fired tear gas into the crowd, NBC News reports.

The armored vehicle, as seen in the video, runs into a crowd of protesters in the street before catching on fire.

NBC News confirmed that at least one person became stuck under the vehicle and is severely injured.

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The protests in Venezuela, which are aimed against socialist President Nicolas Maduro, have been occurring for a month, and at least 37 people have died as a result, according to The Guardian.

Protester Hecder Lugo, 20, was shot in the head and died while fighting with security forces in Valencia on May 4.

Those who oppose Maduro believe he has become a dictator since his 1998 election win and has wrecked the country's economy. Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world, according to NBC News, but suffers from triple-digit inflation. Massive food and medical shortages affect residents of every income bracket.

Since April 4, almost 2,000 protesters have been detained and 600 remain in jail, according to a report by the Foro Penal Venezolano, as reported by NBC News.

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Protesters have also taken to removing statues as a form of symbolism. A statue of former leader Hugo Chavez was destroyed by a group of young men. The response they received was cheers was from the crowd.

“Students destroyed this statue of Chavez. They accuse him, correctly, of destroying their future,” opposition lawmaker Carlos Valero said about the incident, according to The Guardian.

The opposition to Maduro wants the delayed elections of state governors to be held as soon as possible, and the presidential election that is scheduled for 2018 to be brought forward.

“Eighty percent of Venezuelans want elections as a way out of our nation’s grave economic and political crisis,” Ernesto Padrino, cousin of Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, wrote on Facebook, according to The Guardian.

"Sooner or later, the Venezuelan people will make you pay,” he wrote.

On May 3, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators, led by Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Bill Nelson, both of Florida, introduced legislation to address the crisis in Venezuela. The bill would provide assistance to the country, including $10 million for food and medicine, as well as calls for sanctions against many Venezuelan officials.

Sources: NBC News, The Guardian / Photo credit: Andres E. Azpurua/Flickr

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