Venezuela's Maduro condemns killing of teenager at a protest against his rule. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
A teenager was fatally shot at an anti-government protest in the western city of San Cristobal on Tuesday (February 24), state officials said, exacerbating tensions in Venezuela amid an economic crisis and crackdown on the political opposition. A policeman was arrested after he confessed to shooting the student, identified as Kluiver Roa, 14, with a rubber-bullet shotgun during clashes with some 20 hooded protesters, officials said. President Nicolas Maduro condemned the killing and called for calm in the volatile state of Tachira near Colombia. Police officer Javier Mora, 23, will be charged over the death, the state prosecutor said. Protests had kicked off again in recent weeks in the city where shortages of basic goods ranging from toilet paper to medicines are particularly acute due to smuggling over the border.