A young man died Thursday in Venezuela’s Caracas, bringing up to 75 the tally of deaths that have taken place within almost three months of protests.
The Public Ministry confirmed on Twitter that an investigation would be conducted into the death of 22-year-old David Vallenilla.
Opposition lawmaker Jose Olivares said the youth died in the Altamira area on the road to La Carlota air base. He claimed Vallenilla was shot at point-blank range by National Guard troops.
Venezuelan Justice Minister Nestor Reverol promised to bring to justice those responsible for this loss of life but condemned as “unacceptable” attempts to lay siege to the military base.
Thousands of protesters have marched to military compounds in the capital since the start of uprising in early April. Opposition forces hope to sway the military who support Venezuela’s embattled President Nicolas Maduro.