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University student killed in Venezuela opposition protest

  • Cuba's President Raul Castro, center right, and Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro raise their arms during the XV Political Council of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas group, ALBA, in Havana, Cuba, Monday, April 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

    Cuba's President Raul Castro, center right, and Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro raise their arms during the XV Political Council of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas group, ALBA, in Havana, Cuba, Monday, April 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)  (The Associated Press)

  • Cuba's President Raul Castro, center right, and Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro raise their arms during the XV Political Council of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas group, ALBA, in Havana, Cuba, Monday, April 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

    Cuba's President Raul Castro, center right, and Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro raise their arms during the XV Political Council of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas group, ALBA, in Havana, Cuba, Monday, April 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Venezuelan Bolivarian National Guard officer throws a tear gas grenade towards demonstrators during a protest in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 10, 2017. Thousands of people in Venezuela's capital are protesting against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, demanding new elections and vowing to stay in the streets during the usually quiet Easter Week.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

    A Venezuelan Bolivarian National Guard officer throws a tear gas grenade towards demonstrators during a protest in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 10, 2017. Thousands of people in Venezuela's capital are protesting against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, demanding new elections and vowing to stay in the streets during the usually quiet Easter Week.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano)  (The Associated Press)

A university student is dead after being struck by gunfire at a protest in Venezuela, where thousands have been demonstrating against the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

Twenty-year-old Daniel Queliz was killed Monday evening in the central coastal city of Valencia after a friend says he was struck in the neck by gunfire while participating in the protest.

The death is the second to take place at protests that erupted April 1 after the Supreme Court stripped congress of its last vestiges of power. Although the decision was later reversed Venezuelans continue to protest what they see as a government steadily sliding toward authoritarianism.

Government authorities have been using tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse crowds, methods being criticized by international groups as an excessive use of force.