Tension and clashes throughout Venezuela

February 29, 2004

Caracas and Maracaibo are tense as National Guardsmen and opposition groups continue to clash. No more than two miles from my house there is lots of smoke. It all started when some Guardsmen in motorcycles were booed by people and some began throwing stones at them. The Guards got off the motorcycle and started throwng cannisters at the people.

Separately, the funeral procession of the carpenter shot death on Friday was attacked as it went by the Bolivarian University. Civialinas and members of the political police thrww tear gas at the procession. Fewer details about Maracaibo, but I undertand that when the CNE announced the questioning of the 148,000 forms, things got more intense.

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