Post election violence erupts in Venezuela

Four people have been killed in violent clashes over Venezuela's disputed presidential election. Official results showed a very narrow victory for the ruling party candidate, and the opposition is demanding a recount. Both sides in the stand-off are planning rival demonstrations. The occurred in various parts of the capital (2), Táchira state (1) on the border with Colombia, and in western Zulia state (1). In some cases, police had to use tear gas and rubber bullets in a running battle with opposition supporters in a wealthy district of Caracas.

Travellers should always exercise caution and avoid all public and political demonstrations since they may become violent without warning. Until political tensions subside, travellers may wish to reconsider travelling to Venezuela at this time.

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