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The Latest: Venezuela officials: 12 dead overnight violence

  • Destroyed merchandise is strewn on a supermarket floor around empty shelves, a day after a night of looting in El Valle neighborhood in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, April 21, 2017. At least 12 people were killed overnight following looting and violence in Venezuela's capital amid a spiraling political crisis, authorities said Friday. Most of the deaths took place in El Valle, a working class neighborhood near Caracas' biggest military base where opposition leaders say a group of people were hit with an electrical current while trying to loot a bakery protected by an electric fence. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

    Destroyed merchandise is strewn on a supermarket floor around empty shelves, a day after a night of looting in El Valle neighborhood in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, April 21, 2017. At least 12 people were killed overnight following looting and violence in Venezuela's capital amid a spiraling political crisis, authorities said Friday. Most of the deaths took place in El Valle, a working class neighborhood near Caracas' biggest military base where opposition leaders say a group of people were hit with an electrical current while trying to loot a bakery protected by an electric fence. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)  (The Associated Press)

  • Butcher shop owner Liliana Altuna, left, speaks with an employee inside her shop that was looted the  night before, at El Valle neighborhood in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, April 21, 2017. At least 12 people were killed overnight following looting and violence in Venezuela's capital amid a spiraling political crisis, authorities said Friday. Most of the deaths took place in El Valle, a working class neighborhood near Caracas' biggest military base where opposition leaders say a group of people were hit with an electrical current while trying to loot a bakery protected by an electric fence. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

    Butcher shop owner Liliana Altuna, left, speaks with an employee inside her shop that was looted the night before, at El Valle neighborhood in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, April 21, 2017. At least 12 people were killed overnight following looting and violence in Venezuela's capital amid a spiraling political crisis, authorities said Friday. Most of the deaths took place in El Valle, a working class neighborhood near Caracas' biggest military base where opposition leaders say a group of people were hit with an electrical current while trying to loot a bakery protected by an electric fence. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)  (The Associated Press)

  • A pedestrian stands next to a refrigerator destroyed in a night of looting, in El Valle neighborhood in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, April 21, 2017. At least 12 people were killed overnight following looting and violence in Venezuela's capital amid a spiraling political crisis, authorities said Friday. Most of the deaths took place in El Valle, a working class neighborhood near Caracas' biggest military base where opposition leaders say a group of people were hit with an electrical current while trying to loot a bakery protected by an electric fence. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

    A pedestrian stands next to a refrigerator destroyed in a night of looting, in El Valle neighborhood in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, April 21, 2017. At least 12 people were killed overnight following looting and violence in Venezuela's capital amid a spiraling political crisis, authorities said Friday. Most of the deaths took place in El Valle, a working class neighborhood near Caracas' biggest military base where opposition leaders say a group of people were hit with an electrical current while trying to loot a bakery protected by an electric fence. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on the ongoing political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

Authorities in Venezuela say 12 people were killed overnight following looting and violence in the South American nation's capital amid a spiraling political crisis.

The Public Ministry confirmed the deaths Friday and said another six were hurt.

Most of the deaths took place in El Valle, where opposition leaders say 13 people were hit with an electrical current while trying to loot a bakery protected by an electric fence.

Tens of thousands of people opposed to Venezuela's socialist government took to the streets on Thursday in ongoing protests demanding elections and denouncing what they consider an increasingly authoritarian government. They were met by tear gas and rubber bullets as they tried to march to downtown Caracas.