By Carlos Camacho
CARACAS -- The worsening situation in Venezuela, where a 17 year old protester was killed Monday, has resulted in Brazil and other countries refusing to sell tear gas and other riot-control material to the embattled government of Nicolas Maduro.
The Attorney General’s Office tweeted that it was acting in the death of a 17 year old unnamed demonstrator in the Altamira section of Caracas “who was shot.” All-news site El Cooperante identified the dead protester as Fabian Urbina, shot in the chest while demonstrating and taken to “Clinica Avila”, a private facility near Altamira, where he succumbed to his wounds.
More than 90 demonstrators have been killed in protests since April 1st, according to a tally being kept by all-news site RunRunes, and which jibes with figures from LAHT
. However, the AG’s has an official tally of only 72 killed in protests since April 6th.
Miranda state governor Henrique Capriles celebrated Sunday night news of the Brazilian government blocking a shipment of tear-gas grenades to Maduro, saying during a Periscope intervention that the Brazilians “absolutely did the right thing in deying the permit for the export of this” adding “that’s what we are also trying to get other (countries) to do but the only (purveyor) remaning seems to be China.”
“What we are trying to do is to get the international community to side with the Venezuelan people, so that Maduro will have to listen to the people and reach a consensus,” Capriles added later.
Beijing has for decades provided tanks and other lethal and non-lethal armaments to Chavez and his successor Maduro in exchange for around 500,000 barrels a day of oil, Venezuela being by far its biggest client in the hemisphere in this and other aspects.