CARACAS – Opposition demonstrators and security forces clashed Tuesday night in the districts of Caricuao and La Candelaria, western Caracas, as the demonstrators blocked streets with garbage to protest against the Venezuelan government.
Opposition deputy Stalin Gonzalez revealed through his Twitter account that there was “heavy repression in Ruiz Pineda (and Caricuao) against protesters.”
For his part, Congressman Tomas Guanipa also said through Twitter that officers from the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) prevented the residents from protesting.
“GNB represses residents in Ruiz Pineda; they protest because they want another Venezuela. GNB is again on the government’s side and not with the people,” said Guanipa, adding in another tweet that in another district in central Caracas, GNB officers also attacked demonstrators with tear gas.
“Residents of La Candelaria are repressed with tear gas by GNB for demonstrating,” he said.
Without any official call from opposition leaders, Venezuelan citizens on Tuesday blocked several streets in different cities with garbage as a means to protest against their government.
According to opposition MPs and the Venezuelan NGO Foro Penal, security forces also raided the northern state of Carabobo and arrested protesters in the area.
The Venezuelan Office of Prosecutors also revealed on Tuesday that they are investigating the death of a man who was “burnt during a demonstration” in the eastern state of Anzoategui, bringing the death toll to 96.