Investigation opened after man burned to death in Venezuela protest

Investigation opened after man dies in Venezuela protest

Venezuela is currently embroiled in political turmoil which has seen strong protests (stock photo)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

An investigation has opened following after a man burned to death at a protest in Venezuela. 

The victim, Hector Anuel, died in a demonstration in Lecheria, a city 320km to the east of capital Caracas.

News site Telesur claims Anuel was killed by hooded protestors who attacked him on motorbikes, but this has not been confirmed or substantiated.

Venezuela's Public Ministry announced the fatality on Twitter, without giving any specific details. The case has now been passed to the country's public prosecutors.

The country has been embroiled in political protests since April, as demonstrators call for President Nicolas Maduro to leave office amid chronic food shortages and allegations of corruption.

The demonstrations are the latest turn in an ongoing consitutional crisis which dates back to 2014. 

With Anuel's passing, the combined death toll since the latest wave of protests began in April has risen to 96.