CARACAS, Venezuela, Nov. 26 (UPI) — An opposition leader in Venezuela was shot to loss of life, part of a renewal of political violence days prior to a national election.
Luis Diaz of the opposition Democratic Action party was shot by at least two males Wednesday as he stood campaigning on a phase in the rural town of Altagracia de Orituco, Democratic Unity, an alliance of events opposing the ruling Socialist get together, stated in a assertion.
“This is senseless dislike. I do not have a question the authorities crated this situation,” Lilian Tintori stated Thursday. “There was a burst of ten pictures and he fell on the ground lined in blood.” Tintori, wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, was a witness to the shooting.
The Venezuelan government introduced Thursday it experienced opened an investigation into the Diaz shooting. No one has been arrested hence significantly.
Polls show assistance for Socialist celebration candidates as the Dec. 6 election techniques, and opposition candidates have reported an enhance in attacks by what they say are armed supporters of the government of President Nicolas Maduro. At minimum seven assaults have happened in the earlier week, Henry Ramos Allup, chief of the Democratic Motion social gathering, mentioned.
The Democratic unity coalition stated Henrique Capriles, who misplaced the 2013 vote for the presidency to Maduro, has been amongst the victims of violence for the duration of the present marketing campaign.
Maduro stated previous week his party would earn the election “at any price.”
Venezuela has been beset by political violence because the 2013 loss of life of President Hugo Chavez. At the very least forty three men and women have been killed in 2014 for the duration of protests from the country’s rise in crime, shortages in retailers and triple-digit inflation.