Venezuela protesters bring 'poo bombs' to hurl at cops

Venezuela protesters bring 'poo bombs' to hurl at cops

Almost 100 people have been injured in latest clashes with riot police in Venezuela's capital's Caracas alone.

Other protesters took to the streets on Wednesday armed with jars of excrement to hurl at police.

National guardsmen launched tear gas and a group of armed pro-government militiamen harassed protesters as they tried to march to the Supreme Court.

Two more people lost their lives in Venezuela's violent antigovernment protesters on Wednesday bringing the total death toll so far to 39.

Protesters last Friday attacked the town hall and knocked down a statue of late president Hugo Chavez, Maduro's mentor.

The health ministry, which released the data, said deaths of infants under the age of one soared by 30 percent in 2016, a year when hospitals and protesters complained of severe shortages of medical supplies.

The street protests began in response to decisions by Venezuela's Supreme Court to temporarily assume some of the responsibilities of the opposition-minded National Assembly, and to revoke the immunity of the legislators.

A move by Maduro to reform the constitution has inflamed protesters, who say it is a ploy to resist calls for early elections.

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The demonstrations besetting Venezuela, both for and against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, have also left nearly 2,000 under arrest.

The messages encourage protestors to use plastic rather than glass containers, as the "poopootovs" are meant to humiliate rather than injure the police and military.

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These poop bombs have been used by people in response to police's use of tear gas to stop the protests in the cities of Merida, San Cristobal, Valencia and Caracas. "Freedom!" Militiamen approached, all dressed in dark colors with pieces of cloth covering their faces. About three carried guns and one reportedly fired into the air.

Many are thought to sympathise with protesters' complaints about the economic situation but do not speak out for fear of retaliation by authorities.

Maduro has blamed the country's opposition for stoking violence to remove him from power with the help of the United States.

"Another young Venezuelan assassinated for your sick power ambition", Capriles wrote on Twitter.

"They use their weapons against us, so people are using what they have", said lawmaker Rafael Guzman, who on Monday was seen in the thick of tear gas throwing a canister back at security forces.

Venezuela is now experiencing a nightmare of a humanitarian emergency as tear gas covers the streets, smoke fills the air and civilians continue to fight for their country.

"There's nothing explosive here".

Reuters also noted that Venezuelans have been widely sharing messages on WhatsApp groups to give step-by-step instructions on how to put together a poopootov cocktail.

Essentially, the government was trying to get rid of any opposition.

Demonstrators blame Maduro for an economic crisis that has caused food shortages in the oil-rich state.

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