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CARACAS, Venezuela – A police officer has died after being shot during the latest round of nationwide anti-government protests in Venezuela.
The death of the 38 year-old officer in the central state of Carabobo means three dozen people have now died in the month of protests. Hundreds also have been wounded — no small matter in a country with crippling medical shortages.
The Public Ministry says the officer died in clashes Wednesday. A 17 year-old protester also was killed in Caracas.
Students were preparing for more marches on Thursday Protesters are demanding immediate presidential elections. President Nicolas Maduro accuses the opposition of attempting a coup, and has responded with an initiative to rewrite the constitution.