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Hugo Chávez statue torn down as death toll rises in Venezuela

(London Guardian) A 20-year-old Venezuelan protester has died after being shot in the head, authorities said, taking the death toll from a month of anti-government unrest to at least 37.

Hecder Lugo was killed during fighting between demonstrators and security forces in Valencia on Thursday that also injured four others, the local opposition mayor, Enzo Scarano, said in a series of tweets.

The state prosecutor’s office, which keeps an official count of deaths since protests began against the Socialist president, Nicolás Maduro, in early April, confirmed he died after being shot in a protest.

Another 717 people have been injured and 152 are still in jail from the hundreds rounded up in widespread unrest across the country, according to the office’s latest tally.

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