Violence at Venezuela protests against President

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Venezuela : One policeman has been shot dead and dozens of people injured during anti-government protests in Venezuela.

At least 20 people have been injured and 80 detained nationwide, a local rights group has said.

Images circulated on social media of injured people on the ground. There are reports at least three were shot.

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to protest against President Nicolas Maduro’s government.

In Miranda state, a police officer died and two others were injured, the government said, blaming opposition activists.

Opposition leader Henrique Capriles is the governor of the state. Police there confirmed the death but did not blame protesters.

The mass demonstrations came after a recall referendum process – an attempt to remove Mr Maduro from power- was suspended.

Opposition activists had gathered about 1.8 million signatures petitioning for a recall referendum, 400,000 of which were validated by electoral authorities.

But the process was halted last week after officials said the signature collection process has been marred by fraud.

The country’s opposition-led parliament voted on Tuesday to open a trial against Mr Maduro, whom MPs accuse of violating the constitution.