Venezuela confirms two more deaths during opposition protests

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-30 06:52:02|Editor: ying
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CARACAS, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Venezuela's prosecutor-general on Saturday confirmed two more deaths during a general strike and protests organized by the opposition with the motive of derailing Sunday's elections of a National Constituent Assembly (ANC).

In a statement posted on Twitter, the prosecutor-general confirmed the death of Gustavo Villamizar, 18, during a protest on Friday in the western state of Tachira.

According to the state body, Villamizar was shot when taking part in a protest outside the Alberto Adriani high school in the state capital of San Cristobal. National and state prosecutors have been ordered to investigate.

The prosecutor-general also confirmed a crash between a convoy transporting army officials and a private vehicle on a highway in Caracas, leading to the death of the driver of the car, Jesus Diaz.

Seven army official were injured and were being attended in hospital.

Venezuelans are set to elect 545 members of the ANC, who will be tasked with debating amendments to the constitution.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday expressed confidence that Sunday's elections of the ANC will see the political opposition defeated at the polls.

At least 110 people have been killed since protests began in early April to demand the resignation of Maduro, early elections and, more recently, an end to attempts to rewrite the Constitution through the ANC.