Anti-Maduro protesters detained, freed after Venezuela demo

"They have been set free," Alfredo Romero of the NGO Venezuelan Justice Forum said on Twitter. The exception was apparently a journalist, Braulio Jatar, who released video of protests on social media, Romero said.

Anti-Maduro protesters detained, freed after Venezuela demo

World Bulletin / News Desk

Most of 30 or so protesters arrested in a rally against President Nicolas Maduro have now been freed, authorities said Saturday, after mass demonstrations over Venezuela's food shortages.

The dramatic incidents erupted Friday in the resort city of Porlamar on Venezuela's Margarita island in the Caribbean state of Nueva Esparta.

The embattled Maduro -- whose state-led leftist government is fighting crippling shortages of everything from hard currency to food and toilet paper, had gone to make a speech at the opening of some remodeled public housing.

However, it appeared, based on social media images and reports, that Maduro found himself surrounded by an angry crowd, which followed him closely, banging pots in the street and insulting him.

There were reports of a crack down on the protesters by authorities.

"We are receiving reports of police abuse and unauthorized break-ins from Villa Rosa," another NGO, Provea, said on Twitter, referring to a neighborhood in Porlamar.

Communication and Information Minister Luis Marcano wrote on Twitter that the pot-banging "reflects what remains of the right (wing)", and accused local media of exaggerating the protest.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 04 Eylül 2016, 15:41