More Bloodshed in the Streets of Venezuela: Two Students Dead

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Earlier this morning, suspected agents of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) shot and killed 34-year-old Jimmy Vargas in the city of San Cristóbal, Táchira. Following demonstrations, the GNB attacked the young man’s Camino Real community with pellets and tear gas. Vargas, a bystander on a second floor balcony, was struck in the eye with a pellet and fell to his death.

Daniel Ceballos, mayor of San Cristóbal, confirmed through his Twitter account the National Guard’s involvement in the incident, Vargas’s death, and several more wounded. A video circulating through social media shows Vargas’s mother expressing her anger over her son’s death and placing blame on Maduro’s government.

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“Maduro and his associates are the ones who killed him. They gave the orders to kill him — they are the ones killing all of Venezuela. I will fight for my country. My son died a hero fighting for his country.”

In Cagua, Aragua, armed colectivo motorcyclists are the most likely suspects in the death of an unidentified student who was shot in the head during a demonstration. According to witnesses, the colectivo stormed a group of demonstrators and began throwing stones and shooting their weapons into the air.

Sources: El Mundo, El Nacional, and Ultimas Noticias.

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