December 20, 2014
Venezuela unrest death toll up to 40
Underlying the gravity of the crisis in Venezuela, authorities said today that a policeman was shot dead in western Barquisimeto city while dispersing a demonstration.
That took the official death toll to 40.
The Venezuelan government, who later today will meet with opposition leaders in a bid to bring an end to almost two months of protests, also revealed an attack on the Ministry of Communications and state radio station YVKE Mundial, in the state of Zulia.
According to official sources, the buildings were attacked with molotov cocktails, as asserted by Communications Minister Delcy Rodríguez.
"The HQs of YVKE Mundial and the 'Minci' were attacked. Zulia with molotov bombs. Violent people will not take us off the path to peace," the minister affirmed via the social networking medium Twitter.
Since protests began in early February, about 650 people have been injured in addition to the 40 fatalities, officials say. More than 2,000 people have been detained, and 174 are still behind bars.