Fifth Venezuelan Protester Dies in Aftermath of Clashes With Militias, Police

Riot police fire tear gas during a rally against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas

Also on Thursday, opposition lawmaker Jose Manuel Olivares said police fired tear gas "point-blank" at demonstrators in the state of Vargas. Five young men, aged 15 to 20, were arrested for throwing hard objects at the President as he rode in the back of an open Tiuna military jeep.

The event's broadcast on national TV cut out after Maduro, with the presidential band, and his entourage started covering their heads to fend off the attack. Tuesday, Brayan Principal, only 14, was killed while protesting against the President in Barquisimeto, Lara state, according to a tweet by opposition lawmaker Alfonso Marquina and other sources.

Almagro has been quick to accuse Maduro's government of "authoritarian lawlessness" and "abandon (ing) democracy through a self-imposed coup d'etat", even though the Supreme Court decision that sparked the latest wave of anti-government protests was overturned within days.

Most of the protesters are peaceful and say street action is their only option after authorities past year blocked a recall referendum to remove Maduro. A 32-year-old man died after being shot and wounded in a demonstration on April 11, becoming the fifth victim in the protests that began nearly two weeks ago.

The court quickly rolled back on the move in the face of an worldwide outcry, but it breathed new life into the fractured opposition movement.

National Assembly president and opposition deputy Julio Borges called for elections, saying that the people of San Felix and all Venezuelans "reject Maduro and repudiate his dictatorship". “There are versions of the President being hit with eggs, bottles and rocks, ” said radio personality Unai Amenabar commenting on the events Wednesday morning on his daily news and music show.

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On Sunday, Maduro, who has accused the opposition of conspiring with global actors to create unrest in Venezuela, called for a return to dialogue and said he wants regional elections to take place.

"Before the infamy of the right here is the truth of what happened in San Felix, the love of the people", posted Padrino.

"We urge demonstrators to express themselves non-violently and call on government security forces to protect peaceful protest, not prevent it", a U.S. State Department spokesman said Monday.

The opposition is also furious over moves to limit the powers of the legislature and ban senior opposition leader Henrique Capriles from politics. "We can't find food and sick people can't find medicine".

In total, 325 people were arrested between April 4-11 during the most sustained protests since 2014, with 153 people still behind bars, the group added.

Speaking outside the church, hardline opposition leader Maria Corina Machado said people should not let themselves be distracted by a handful of troublemakers when the country is on the brink of a major turning point.

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