An anti-riot water cannon vehicle of the Bolivarian National Guard disperses protesters during anti-government protests in Caracas, Venezuela.
An anti-riot water cannon vehicle of the Bolivarian National Guard disperses protesters during anti-government protests in Caracas, Venezuela. MAURICIO DUENAS

Opposition MPs hurt in protests

TWO Venezuelan opposition leaders were wounded on Monday by security forces dispersing protests against President Nicolas Maduro in the capital Caracas.

For two months Mr Maduro's opponents have been blocking streets and highways demanding he call early elections.

They also want him to address a severe and worsening economic crisis that has millions struggling to get enough to eat.

Fuel supplies, power and wages are suffering in the world's oil-richest country.

"We were ambushed,” said past presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, who joined protesters trying to march to the ombudsman's office.

Opposition MP Carlos Paparoni was knocked to the ground by a water cannon and needed stitches in his head.



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