November 26, 2007
CARACAS -- A man was shot and killed as he tried to press through a street blocked by anti-government protesters Monday, Venezuela's vice president said.
Vice President Jorge Rodríguez said protesters shot the 19-year-old man in Valencia during one of many demonstrations across the country ahead of a Sunday referendum on constitutional amendments that President Hugo Chávez says will help bring socialism to Venezuela.
Rodriguez said that 80 people were detained in the protests, though he did not describe the circumstances.
He said protest was aimed at ``pushing down the vote, with the goal of paralysing the development, the expansion of the Venezuelan people.''
If approved, the reforms would let Chávez run for re-election indefinitely, extend presidential terms from six to seven years and create new types of property to be managed by cooperatives and communities.