A man was shot dead on Tuesday during looting and food riots proliferating round crisis-hit Venezuela, an opposition legislator said, bringing to at least four the number of fatalities from this month’s wave of unrest.
Milagros Paz said that as well as the fatality, another 27 people had been injured during a day of chaos and violence in the eastern Caribbean coastal town of Cumana that she represents for the Justice First party.
“It was all very confusing. There were simultaneous lootings in different parts of Cumana. They looted more than 100 establishments,” she told Reuters from the National Assembly in Caracas, basing her information on contacts with constituents.
There was no confirmation from President Nicolas Maduro’s government, though videos and photos on social media purporting to be from Cumana showed National Guard troops confronting crowds swarming round damaged shops.