Home > News > World
Monday March 24, 2014 MYT 2:20:02 AM
Monday March 24, 2014 MYT 2:21:19 AM
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's top state prosecutor on Sunday said security forces had committed "excesses" in breaking up nearly two months of opposition protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro that have left at least 34 dead.
Maduro's adversaries have accused the National Guard of brutally repressing the demonstrations, while the president says security forces have in fact been restrained in face of violent disruptions of public order.
"With regards to the violation of human rights, yes, there have been excesses by police, but state prosecutors are investigating this," said Luisa Ortega, the top state prosecutor, during an interview broadcast on Sunday.
Since the start of the demonstrations, state prosecutors have opened 60 investigations into alleged human rights violations and imprisoned 15 officials in connection with those incidents, she said.
Three people have died from gunshot wounds in shootouts linked to the protests, witnesses and local media said on Saturday.
Demonstrators have been clashing nearly every day with riot police since the demonstrations began, with security forces firing tear gas and buckshot and the demonstrators responding with rocks and Molotov cocktails.
Opposition activists have shown videos of troops and police beating student demonstrators as evidence of excessive force.
Maduro's sympathizers have shown videos of hooded assailants attacking government offices and say improvised barricades have restricted free transit and caused deaths by preventing the ill from receiving treatment.
(Reporting by Diego Ore, writing by Brian Ellsworth; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)
Russia turns to backwater navy for Syria missile strikes
Islamic State closes in on Syrian city of Aleppo; U.S. abandons rebel training effort
U.S. commander says U.S. must exercise freedom of navigation in Asia-Pacific
Ivory Coast leader launches re-election bid with pledge on justice
Six killed in Gaza as Israeli-Palestinian violence widens
Pre-election clash in Guinea capital kills two, wounds 15
Deepavali traders protest over move to new bazaar
Fingerprint Cards ups 2015 sales forecast on phone sensor demand
Resort in Lumut makes for a great weekend getaway
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)