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Venezuela: Man set ablaze during anti-Maduro protest

May 22, 2017, 8:07 AM EDT
Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro
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Violent protests across Venezuela witnessed another horror scene on Saturday after a man was set ablaze during an anti-government demonstration in Caracas. President Nicolás Maduro labeled the incident as “a hate crime,” accusing opposition protesters of targeting the man for being pro-government.

Witnesses said Orlando José Figuera was thrashed and set alight for being a thief, writes the BBC. With burns to 80 percent of his body, the man was later taken to hospital.

Venezuela has been reeling under a fierce spell of protests, demanding Maduro’s ouster for his failure to keep the country’s economy on track and his authoritarian style of governance, notes The Guardian.

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