24-year-old dies during Thursday strike in Venezuela

Venezuelan authorities were investigating the shooting death of 24-year-old Ronney Eloy Tejera Soler during Thursday protests in Caracas' Los Teques neighborhood.  

Three others were also wounded in Los Teques. The country's chief prosecutor reports that at least 94 deaths are connected to the nearly four months of protests against President Nicolas Maduro. 

Democratic leaders called on Venezuelans to participate in a 24-hour strike meant to sabotage Maduro's efforts to change the country's constitution. Most businesses were closed in eastern Caracas.

Some subway lines were not in operation and public buses were not functioning. Protesters set up barricades to block traffic at some main streets. Many feared that the clashes between protesters and the riot police officers were going to worsen over night. 

Maduro delivered a speech in response. He promised to continue with a process to rewrite the constitution in an effort that Democratic lawmakers view as a plot to take power away from Parliament and interfere with free elections. 




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