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Venezuela strike rally turns violent

Shooting has broken out between police and unidentified gunmen at an anti-government protest in the Venezuelan capital Caracas.

At least one person was reported killed and several others injured.

Around half a million people have been attending the rally near the Miraflores presidential palace in downtown Caracas demanding that President Hugo Chavez resign.

In an attempt to take control of the situation, Mr Chavez announced that three private television channels would be suspended from broadcasting on grounds they were inciting people to violence.

Dead body

A cameraman from the Reuters news agency said he had seen a dead body at the scene of the rally.

"There are snipers firing from the rooftops, we don't know who they are," he said.

The Venezuelan authorities said that the dead person was a journalist.

As police clashed with thousands of protesters and fired tear gas into the crowds Mr Chavez ordered troops to surround the presidential palace for protection.

The unrest came a day after Venezuela's largest labour and business confederations announced that they will continue a 48-hour general strike indefinitely.

The strike was called last week, in support of the state oil company's workers and managers, who are protesting against the appointment of a new board by President Chavez.

Venezuela is the world's fourth largest oil exporter and on Wednesday a senior PDVSA official acknowledged for the first time that its exports had been affected.

The extended strike action could also cause more nervousness in the global oil market following Iraq's decision to suspend oil exports for 30 days.

Iraq and Venezuela jointly export about 4.5 million barrels of oil per day. Venezuela alone exports nearly one million barrels of crude oil daily to the United States.

BBC World News
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Latest count is at 12 dead and 96 wounded.
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Yea the world is blowing up around us.....The Lamb is coming sooner or later and most likely sooner rather then later......oh wait that belongs in religion a-z D'OH!
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