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College student dies during Venezuela protest

  • Opposition leader Henrique Capriles displays a copy of Venezuela's Constitution during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, April 6, 2017. The South American country has seen near-daily protests since the Supreme Court issued a ruling nullifying congress last week. The court pulled that decision back after it came under heavy criticism, but opposition leaders said the attempt to invalidate a branch of power revealed the administration's true dictatorial nature. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

    Opposition leader Henrique Capriles displays a copy of Venezuela's Constitution during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, April 6, 2017. The South American country has seen near-daily protests since the Supreme Court issued a ruling nullifying congress last week. The court pulled that decision back after it came under heavy criticism, but opposition leaders said the attempt to invalidate a branch of power revealed the administration's true dictatorial nature. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)  (The Associated Press)

  • Governor of Miranda State and opposition leader Henrique Capriles, wearing a hat, raises his hands along with other demonstrators calling for the Bolivarian National Guard to stop firing tear gas during a protest in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, April 6, 2017. The South American country has seen near-daily protests since the Supreme Court issued a ruling nullifying congress last week. The court pulled that decision back after it came under heavy criticism, but opposition leaders said the attempt to invalidate a branch of power revealed the administration's true dictatorial nature. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

    Governor of Miranda State and opposition leader Henrique Capriles, wearing a hat, raises his hands along with other demonstrators calling for the Bolivarian National Guard to stop firing tear gas during a protest in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, April 6, 2017. The South American country has seen near-daily protests since the Supreme Court issued a ruling nullifying congress last week. The court pulled that decision back after it came under heavy criticism, but opposition leaders said the attempt to invalidate a branch of power revealed the administration's true dictatorial nature. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)  (The Associated Press)

  • Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles speaks to supporters and reporters during a meeting in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, April, 7, 2017. Capriles announced that he has been banned from running for office for 15 years, a move sure to ratchet up tensions amid a growing street protest movement. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

    Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles speaks to supporters and reporters during a meeting in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, April, 7, 2017. Capriles announced that he has been banned from running for office for 15 years, a move sure to ratchet up tensions amid a growing street protest movement. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)  (The Associated Press)

A college student has been shot dead during a protest outside Venezuela's capital city.

Jairo Ortiz was killed during a late Thursday night protest in the city of Carrizal, just outside Caracas.

The protest was part of a week of unrest that has followed a Supreme Court ruling nullifying congress. That decision was walked back. But the economically embattled country has since seen near-daily protests by people calling for new elections.

The local mayor's office said Ortiz was a 19-year-old student at a local university. He is the first person to be killed in this round of protests. Similar anti-government protests in 2014 left dozens dead.