408 arrested in Venezuela for riots

408 arrested in Venezuela for riots over food shortages

Caracas, June 16 (IANS) A total of 408 people were arrested after violent protests in Venezuela, over food shortage in the country.

Luis Acuna, the Governor of Sucre state, called for “calm” in a press conference, after 15 shops along the Panamericana Avenue in state capital Cumana were looted on Wednesday, including supermarkets, clothes shops and an opticals store, Xinhua news agency reported.

Acuna said the “violence had left no dead and no injured”, although opposition forces said that one man was shot dead.

Nelson Moreno, Governor of Anzoategui state, which neighbours Sucre, also announced Wednesday that eight people were arrested for looting, adding that two of the eight men arrested were known criminals with “a history of homicide, robbery and theft”.

According to opposition sources, the protests took place due to anger at the shortage of food in the South American country.

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