May 12 - Venezuelan authorities use tear gas, rubber bullets to disperse a crowd of students protesting against the government of President Nicolas Maduro. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Venezuelan authorities clashed with students on Monday (May 12) while they began gathering in a main square ahead of an anti-government march through Caracas. Authorities moved to disperse the crowd of almost 1,000 students, using rubber bullets and tear gas. The protesters set rubbish ablaze in an attempt to block streets. The clashes come one day after authorities had freed most of the 243 youth activists who had been arrested in raids last week on street camps set up to protest against President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government. Although the government hoped the demolition of four camps in Caracas would snuff out a three-month protest movement, activists vowed the measure had only strengthened their resolve to demonstrate against Maduro. The students had been camping for weeks outside U.N. offices on a major highway, and in several other public squares. The Venezuelan public prosecutor's office said in a statement that 11 detainees had been kept behind bars, accused of a range of crimes including possession of arms and drugs. Anti-Maduro protests have been raging since February, with activists complaining about high inflation and crime rates, scarcities of basic goods, and repression of opponents. At least 42 people have died in violence around the protests - with victims on all sides - and about 800 have been injured.