Venezuela: Maduro bans planned opposition march

  • Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 7:21 p.m.
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A demonstrator throws a fire bomb during clashes with National Guard as they protest against the official results of last Sunday’s presidential elections in downtown Caracas, Venezuela.
AP photo A demonstrator throws a fire bomb during clashes with National Guard as they protest against the official results of last Sunday’s presidential elections in downtown Caracas, Venezuela.

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s President-elect Nicolas Maduro said he won’t permit a march to protest a presidential election opponents said is illegitimate.

Maduro’s announcement follows a report by his chief prosecutor that seven people were killed and 61 injured across the country in protests after opposition candidate Henrique Capriles demanded a recount.

Prosecutor Luisa Ortega did not provide any details about the deaths or injuries or how they occurred.

Maduro said during a national broadcast that he is prohibiting Wednesday’s march to show “a firm hand, to counter fascism.”

Capriles’ supporters heeded his call and protested peacefully Tuesday outside regional offices of the national electoral council in provincial capitals including Merida, Barinas and Maracay.

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