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'Enough': famous Venezuelan music conductor Dudamel tells Maduro

Opposition leader Henrique Capriles has spearheaded the mass demonstrations against Venezuela's Nicolas MaduroMore Opposition leader Henrique Capriles has spearheaded the mass demonstrations against Venezuela's Nicolas MaduroMore
Ramiro Mantilla | 06 May, 2017, 23:33

A 20-year-old Venezuelan protester died on Friday, adding another fatality to the death toll of 37 people registered in the country's month of anti-government demonstrations.

A student leader was shot dead as protests raged on in the streets of Venezuela Thursday in the latest spasm of anger aimed at removing President Nicolas Maduro from power.

Venezuelan streets have met with chaos, protests and bloodshed for weeks, as President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro called for a new assembly to rewrite the nation's constitution in an attempt to consolidate control.

Hecder Lugo Perez, 22, died Friday after being hit in the head by a projectile in the northwestern city of Valencia, a center of Venezuela's moribund auto industry and other manufacturing plants that have seen mass layoffs. Demonstrators are calling for President Nicolas Maduro to hold elections, but the embattled leader shows no sign of ceding to their demands.

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Youths looted shops in several cities.

"There was a crowd of them".

"They say the vote will be universal. but only in the universe of those who they decide can take part", he said.

Students run from tear gas fired by National Police outside the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas, Thursday, May 4, 2017.

"My bosses have lost their home and we are out of a job". Yet inflation is in triple digits and there are massive food and medical shortages affecting residents of all income brackets. At least 70 stores have been raided since Tuesday, the Valencia chamber of commerce said.

But he was moved to speak out after the death on Wednesday of the 18-year-old musician, who was a member of El Sistema.

"Today we are hungry, and tomorrow we will be hungrier still because there is nothing".

The opposition and government have accused each other of fomenting violence.

"There is a deliberate saturation of information so that you suspend your critical judgment", says Stelling.

"This march is against opposition terrorism, they are destroying everything", said cook Fredesvilda Paulino, 54, at a pro-government rally also in Caracas on Saturday where red-shirted women waved pro-Maduro flags and banners.

Back in Venezuela, family and supporters of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez continue their anxious wait for news amid rumours about his health, despite the release of a so-called "proof of life" video in which he says he is fine.

"It has no strength and is showing its worst side, using weapons because it is does not have right on its side".

The opposition accuses the elected leftist president of maneuvering to strengthen his grip on power.

But the Iraqi offensive, which is backed by airstrikes and military support from a US -led coalition, had slowed in recent weeks.

Classical music maestro Gustavo Dudamel has spoken out against the Venezuelan government he has long performed for over its bloody crackdown on protesters.

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