Aggrieved Protesters Throw Bags Of Faeces At Soldiers

Some young Venezuelans on Wednesday threw bottles and bags of faeces at soldiers while protesting against socialist President Nicolas Maduro.
The extraordinary scenes, in what was dubbed the “Shit March” on the main highway through Caracas, came as thousands embarked on a nationwide strike, decrying Venezuela’s economic crisis and demanding elections.
“These kids live in a dictatorship, they have no other option but to protest however they see fit,” said Maria Montilla, 49, behind lines of youths with masks, slingshots and makeshift wooden shields.
Many carried stones and so-called “Poopootov cocktails”, faeces stuffed into small glass bottles, that they threw when National Guard troops blocked their path, firing gas and turning water cannons on the crowds.
“There’s nothing explosive here. It’s our way of saying, ‘Get lost Maduro, you’re useless!’” said one young protester, who asked not to be named, between tossing bottles of faeces.
The state prosecutor’s office said 27-year-old Miguel Castillo was killed during Wednesday’s protests in Caracas, without giving details.
It was also reported that a motorbike taxi driver Anderson Dugarte, 32, died on Wednesday in the Andean city of Merida after being injured in a protest.

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