Four dead and 233 detained from violent riots in Venezuela

Venezuela's Chief Prosecutor Luisa Ortega Díaz said four people had died and 233 people were detained without bail over recent violence related to panic caused by the currency removal, which sparked riots in several Venezuelan states.

 

Charges against those detained include aggravated theft, incitement, looting, vandalism and arson.

 

Ortega Díaz said police officers were also arrested during the incidents and charged with improper use of a weapon.

 

Díaz confirmed that four firearms were seized. "There were people who instigated the looting and the commission of crimes," Díaz said, also urging security officials to use additional judgment to not apprehend innocent people.

 

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