Catholic Priests Attempt to Save Wounded Protesters in Venezuela

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Priests in Venezuela Risk Their Lives
The photo was taken in the municipality of Tovar, in the state of M茅rida, where at least four demonstrators died during confrontations with law enforcement. (Twitter)

Espa帽olOne of the most powerful聽images to arise out of Venezuela’s violent election day that took place this weekend聽shows two priests walking down the middle of the road, arms raised, toward a group of聽Bolivarian National Guard officials.

The photo was taken聽in the municipality of Tovar, in the state of M茅rida, where at least four demonstrators died during confrontations with law enforcement.聽One of those demonstrator, just 19 years old, had been wounded five minutes before the photo of the priests was taken. They reportedly wanted to convince the GNB to stop shooting so that the young man could be taken to a medical center, but officials denied that request and the young man ultimately died.

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Leonardo Le贸n
@leoperiodista
Priests from聽聽attempt to intervene in order to contain repression. There are some mortally wounded.聽.

Leonardo Le贸n

@leoperiodista

Attention: Confirmed death of a 19-year-old protester in 聽. Sources say he was shot with a firearm聽..11am

Attacks have been reported in M茅rida through the morning of Monday, July 31 at the hands of聽both government institutions and the GNB, who have implemented a curfew in the area.

The murder of the 19-year-old was聽only one of 16 that took place during dictator Nicol谩s Maduro’s vote for a Constituent Assembly 鈥 a power grab that has been condemned across the globe.

Fatalities have been reported聽in the states of T谩chira, M茅rida, Lara and Sucre. Jorge Rodr铆guez, the Mayor of Caracas and a member of聽the ruling party, denied the death count while聽also making聽fun of the figures provided by one of his officials, as can be seen in this video:

Alberto Rodriguez
@AlbertoRT51
BREAKING VIDEO Mayor Jorge Rodr铆guez laughs in response to questions about the deaths that occurred today #30Jul in Venezuela.聽

Following the events from last Sunday, the opposition invited citizens to mobilize against the “massacre” that took place at the hands of the armed forces, as well as the start of the implementation of an聽illegal constituency.

Source: El Informador.

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