SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela (Reuters) – A Venezuelan teenager was left blind after police fired over 50 rubber bullets at his face as they dispersed a group of people protesting shortages of cooking gas in the border state of Tachira, his mother and a doctor said on Tuesday.
The 16-year-old, Rufo Chacon, had been helping his mother, Adriana Parada, carry a gas canister during the protest, held by locals after three months without cooking gas, reflecting widespread shortages of basic goods across the country.
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Parada, speaking to reporters at the hospital close to the Colombian border where Chacon was being treated, said police officers had charged at the protesters and fired the rubber rounds at her son. Photos on social media showed Parada carrying Chacon away from the scene, clutching his blood-covered face.
“They ruined my son’s life … He was fanatical about computers, now he is asking to die,” Parada said after leaving his hospital...
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