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Despite ban on protests, demonstration continues in Venezuela as government arrests an opposition mayor – Los Angeles Times

With tensions rising ahead of Sunday’s controversial vote to elect a body to write a new constitution, Venezuelan authorities on Friday arrested the mayor of the country’s fourth largest city for allegedly failing to clear antigovernment barricades from city streets.

Officials also raised the death toll from four months of nationwide protests against President Nicolas Maduro’s government by two, to 108. More than 3,000 people have been injured in clashes and more than 4,500 arrested in street protests that have grown increasingly violent.

The dead were identified as Eduardo Gil Rodriguez, 53, who was killed by a gunshot Thursday night in western Tachira state, and police officer Oneiver Quinones, who was fatally shot in central Merida state. His age was not disclosed.

Barquisimeto Mayor Alfredo Ramos, a vocal opponent of Maduro and the vote to elect delegates to a constitutional assembly, was arrested in his office Friday afternoon by officers of the SEBIN police intelligence agency. Earlier, the Supreme Court sentenced him to 15 months in prison and disqualified him from running again for mayor for failing to keep his city’s streets barricade-free.

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