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Fifth protester killed as Venezuela unrest intensifies

  • A young man suffering from the effects of tear gas is evacuated by fellow demonstrators during clashes between opposition members and Bolivarian National Guard soldiers, in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, April 13, 2017. Venezuela officials are confirming that a fifth person has died in a two-week old anti-government protest movement. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

    A young man suffering from the effects of tear gas is evacuated by fellow demonstrators during clashes between opposition members and Bolivarian National Guard soldiers, in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, April 13, 2017. Venezuela officials are confirming that a fifth person has died in a two-week old anti-government protest movement. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)  (The Associated Press)

  • Demonstrator stand in a cloud of tear gas launched by Bolivarian National Guard soldiers during an anti-government protest in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, April 13, 2017. Venezuela officials are confirming that a fifth person has died in a two-week old anti-government protest movement. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

    Demonstrator stand in a cloud of tear gas launched by Bolivarian National Guard soldiers during an anti-government protest in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, April 13, 2017. Venezuela officials are confirming that a fifth person has died in a two-week old anti-government protest movement. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)  (The Associated Press)

  • A demonstrator holds up a banner with the Spanish word for "freedom" while standing in a cloud of tear gas launched by Bolivarian National Guard soldiers during an anti-government protest in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, April 13, 2017. Venezuela officials are confirming that a fifth person has died in a two-week old anti-government protest movement. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

    A demonstrator holds up a banner with the Spanish word for "freedom" while standing in a cloud of tear gas launched by Bolivarian National Guard soldiers during an anti-government protest in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, April 13, 2017. Venezuela officials are confirming that a fifth person has died in a two-week old anti-government protest movement. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)  (The Associated Press)

Venezuela officials are confirming that a fifth person has died in a two-week old anti-government protest movement.

The public prosecutor's office says it will investigate the death of 36 year-old Miguel Colmenares. He was shot at a protest in the central city of Barquisimeto Tuesday,

Gruseny Calderon was killed during the same protest. Congressman Alfonso Marquina says the 32 year-old protester was injured by rubber bullets that pierced his lung and liver.

The protests have also claimed the lives of two college students and a 13 year-old.

More street demonstrations are expected Thursday. While middle class neighborhoods are often the site of demonstrations, this most recent wave of unrest is for the first time sparking protests in the slums that have historically been bastions of support for the socialist government.