against a bus fare hike killed two police officers Tuesday in the
restive western Venezuelan town of San Cristobal as informal protests
sweep the troubled country.
The officers, aged 21 and 25, were
killed by a bus hijacked and later abandoned by protesters in Tachira
state, according to the Tachira police. Four other officers were
seriously injured when masked protesters drove the hijacked bus through a
police line, according to posts from the Tachira police Twitter
Earlier this month, the government doubled bus fares.
At least 31 people were arrested during the protest, according to Tachira Secretary of Public Security Ramon Cabeza.
Gov. Jose Vielma Mora decried the killings on his Twitter account.
reject any act that threatens stability and the lives of citizens.
Violence brings bad consequences,” he wrote. “Honor and glory to the
brave men and women of the police force, who risk their lives to protect
Informal street protests have become more common in
recent months, according to the Venezuelan Observatory of Social
Conflict, as Venezuelans struggle with raging inflation, worsening
shortages of basics such as like medicine and water, and proliferating
The country has seen an average of 17 small-scale
protests a day so far this year, according to the Venezuelan Observatory
of Social Conflict, with a majority seeking to bring attention to the
lack of basic services and food.
An anti-government protest at one
of the city’s largest universities continued into the afternoon,
apparently unrelated to the protest that turned deadly in the morning.
city is known for its frequent student demonstrations Protests in San
Cristobal against the country’s socialist administration two years ago
helped spark a nationwide street protest movement. The town’s mayor was
imprisoned for his involvement. (ags)