Venezuelan Guard deploys tear gas on march

Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro who bravely took to the streets on Wednesday in what they have dubbed as the "mother of all marches" faced government supporters who tried to stop them with tear gas. 

A day before the march there were attempts to intimidate demonstrators. The Wall Street Journal's Juan Forero saw stenciled messages on walls encouraging Maduro's supporters to take up arms. 

During a march in Caracas' Plaza La Estrella, Carlos Jose Moreno suddenly fell to the ground. A man holding up his cell phone to film the incident said, "What happened to him?" There was blood on the ground. Another man said: "They shot him in the head."

A video shows a man lifted his body and placed him on a motorcycle. They took the 17-year-old Venezuelan Central University student to Clinicas Caracas where he was pronounced dead, according to reporter Victor Amaya and Forero. 

At least two other men and a woman suffered wounds that required medical attention. 

Members of Maduro's armed militia were riding their motorcycles in groups to disrupt the anti-Maduro demonstrators who were converging from 26 different points across the capital in their attempt to march downtown to the Ombudsman's office. 

 

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Some demonstrators on the Francisco Fajardo Highway were forced to jump into the Guaire river to escape tear gas. 

 

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The protests began with the Supreme Court's temporary decision three weeks ago to strip the opposition-controlled  legislature of its last remaining powers. They have caused at least five deaths and hundreds of arrests.

Maduro late Tuesday accused the U.S. State Department of trying to promote a military intervention. The State Department and several regional governments have deplored excessive violence by security forces and armed pro-government groups. 

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