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  • Protesters fire tear gas at security forces during a rally against Venezuela

    Protesters fire tear gas at security forces during a rally against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas. | Photo: Reuters

A young Chavista was shot while trying to clear a road block by opposition protesters.

A young man who was attacked by opposition protesters in Venezuela died on Saturday morning as a result of gunshot wounds he received in the city of Barquisimeto, west of Caracas, after trying to remove a street barricade.

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Ramses Martinez, 20, was shot in the head after attempting to remove the debris and clear a road on Friday afternoon as violent protests continue in the South American nation.

Martinez was part of the Frente Francisco de Miranda, FFM, a youth organization created by former President Hugo Chavez, leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, and part of the brigade Youth of the Nation Robert Serra.

His condition "was very serious, his situation very critical, he just died," Jose Santeliz, state director of the FFM said on Saturday.  "He resisted until today when he died at 8:30 in the morning."

Santeliz said that Martinez was an active member in the FFM since he was 16.

"He was with a group of colleagues from the neighborhood Valle Lindo cleaning the garbage of one of the barricades of the bridge of La Ruezga when they received shots. They ran but one of the projectiles struck Ramses," Santeliz said.

The organization denounced the Governor of the state Lara and the Mayor of the municipality of Iribarren for the violence that led to the young man's death.

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"Both have been responsible for sowing hatred to the people of Lara, financing terrorist acts. For these acts, we request the full weight of the law for these criminals," said a statement by the FFM released on social networks.

According to Santeliz, this is not the first complaint against both opposition leaders, as other organizations have also denounced their alleged involvement in "terrorist acts."

At least 91 people have died since opposition-led protests aimed at toppling the government of President Nicolas Maduro began in early April. In addition to those killed, over 1,200 have been injured in the protests.

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