Beauty queen shot dead amid unrest in Venezuela

Beauty queen shot dead amid unrest in Venezuela

Beauty queen shot dead amid unrest in Venezuela

Written by Staff Writer

22 Feb, 2014 | 12:31 pm

A 22-year-old student from the central city of Valencia in Venezuela died on Wednesday after being shot in the head during an anti-government demonstration, her family said.

Genesis Carmona, who was studying tourism and was also a local beauty queen, was shot during a demonstration on Tuesday.

She is one of six victims of the political unrest that has gripped the South American country since imprisoned protest leader Leopoldo Lopez urged supporters to keep fighting for the departure of the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro.

Security forces and protesters fought throughout Venezuela on Thursday in streets blocked by burning barricades .

On Wednesday night, the capital Caracas saw one of the worst bouts of violence since the protests began.

Around a square in the wealthier east of the city, security forces fired teargas and bullets, chasing youths who hurled petrol bombs and blocked roads with burning piles of trash.

There were also sustained clashes in the western Andean states of Tachira and Merida.

The demonstrators, mainly students, blame the government for violent crime, high inflation, product shortages and alleged repression of opponents.

Meanwhile, according to foreign sources hundreds of people had turned out for the funeral of Genesis Carmona.

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