Dozens Hurt, Hundreds Detained During Protests in Venezuela

Dozens of protesters have been injured in Venezuela's capital and a 27-year-old man has died in another day of violent clashes during demonstrations demanding elections.

National guardsmen launched tear gas Wednesday as protesters in Caracas tried to march to the Supreme Court.

Caracas-area mayor Ramon Muchacho says 84 people have been hospitalized. Protester Miguel Castillo was killed during the turmoil. He had recently graduated from Santa Maria University with a degree in communications.

At least 38 people have been killed in more than a month of political unrest instigated after Venezuela's Supreme Court stripped congress of its last powers, a decision it later reversed.

Protesters blame socialist President Nicolas Maduro for rising crime, vast food and medical supply shortages and triple-digit inflation.

Demonstrators are demanding elections to replace the embattled president. His government is increasingly turning to military tribunals to quash protests rocking that country.

Human rights activists say more than 250 detained protesters have been put before military justice over the last week – a sudden uptick that critics say violates Venezuela’s constitution, which limits military courts to “offenses of a military nature.”

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