SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela (AP) – The killing of a 14-year-old boy by a policeman during an anti-government protest is raising already high tensions in Venezuela amid a crackdown on the opposition and crippling economic problems.
The student, identified as Kluiverth Roa, was shot in the head and killed Tuesday during a confrontation between police and protesters in San Cristobal, the capital of a restive western state. Now that city is braced for a night of unrest and government opponents in the capital of Caracas are calling for a rally Wednesday morning.
Police officer Javier Mora Ortiz, 23, confessed to firing on the boy with plastic ammunition, officials said.
A photo and video of the student lying in a pool of blood, his backpack hanging over his shoulder, as a man frantically tries to staunch the bleeding and others scream and clutch their heads in horror rocketed around social media.
Ruling party officials, including President Nicolas Maduro, condemned the killing with rare speed and forcefulness.