Young demonstrator shot dead by soldier; U.S. VP disappointed at OAS inaction on Venezuela

A Venezuelan military police sergeant shot dead a protester on Thursday, the interior minister said, bringing renewed scrutiny of the force used to control riots that have killed at least 76 people.

At least two soldiers shot long firearms through the fence at protesters at point-blank range, television footage showed. 

One man collapsed to the ground and was carried off by other protesters. Paramedics took at least two other injured people to a hospital. 

"The sergeant used an unauthorized weapon to repel the attack, causing the death of one of assailants," Interior minister Nestor Reverol said on Twitter. He said the air force police sergeant faced legal proceedings. 

The reaction of the security forces during marches, which started early April, has been in the spotlight since images showed a national guard member pointing a pistol at demonstrators on Monday, prompting the opposition to intensify its street campaign. 

David Jose Vallenilla, 22, died after arriving at a hospital in the Chacao municipality where the protest happened. He was shot three times and suffered wounds to the lungs and heart. 

In other news, The United States was disappointed that the Organization of American States (OAS) did not take immediate action to address the political deterioration in Venezuela caused by President Nicolas Maduro’s regime, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said during a speech at the Wilson Center on Thursday. 

"We were frankly disappointed that the OAS did not act in the face of crisis and was unwilling to protect the inner American democratic charter that was founded to preserve," Pence stated. "The United States of America will continue to support international efforts to restore freedom, democracy and the rule of law to Venezuela until freedom occurs."

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