In a wave of bloodshed, ten have been killed in the last 24 hours of the Venezuela protests. The protests turned violent during the elections to choose members of the all-powerful new legislative body that is supposed to reform the country’s constitution. According to an Indian Express report, protesters had swarmed the streets and attacked polling stations, which drew fire from the security forces.
The shootings left a 13-year-old and a 17-year-old in the western state of Tachira, as well as a soldier and a 30-year old regional leader of a youth opposition party, taking the total death toll over the last four months to 120, reported Al Jazeera. Many more protesters with bullet wounds were moved to Colombia for treatment. The national guard troops were deployed to disperse the protesters and used armoured vehicles, rubber bullets and tear gas.
AFP quoted senior opposition leader Henrique Capriles saying “We do not recognize this fraudulent process,” at the close of voting on Sunday. The opposition has boycotted the elections, calling it a method to consolidate unpopular president Nicolas Maduro’s power. Since his election in 2013, he has faced months of protests of economic crises and food shortages.
The United States has condemned the violence, calling it a sham and urged neighbouring countries to take action against those who “undermine democracy, deny human rights.”
Sources: Indian Express, Al Jazeera
The much-awaited FIFA U-17 World Cup in India officially kicked-off today in Mumbai with the Official Draw Ceremony being held in the commercial capital of the host nation. Being seeded in Pot 1 for the draw, India were put in Group A of the competition along with United Sates of America, Ghana and Colombia.
India will kick-off their campaign against USA on 6th October at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. They will subsequently face Colombia on October 9th and Ghana on October 12th to end their Group Stage fixtures.
The former U-17 World Cup Champion with Nigeria, Nwankwo Kanu, along with the former U-20 World Cup champion with Argentina, Esteban Cambiasso, were in Mumbai for the Official Draw. The FIFA legends were accompanied by India captain Sunil Chettri and Badminton star PV Sindhu.
In their first stint in the U-17 World Cup, India was handed a relatively tough tie with former semi-finalists USA and Colombia and two-time champions Ghana. Recently appointed coach for the Indian team, Luis Norton de Matos was very optimistic about their chances. “We aren’t afraid, the boys aren’t scared,” he said.
“Most of the players from the other teams at the World Cup have about 10 years of tournament experience. No matter how hard I try, I cannot replicate and make up for that match experience,” he added.
The coach also stressed that apart from the 11 players that play on the pitch, the fans act as the 12th man to boost the team’s performance and demands support for the home crowd. All India Football Federation (AIFF) President Praful Patel also laid importance on how a huge crowd is expected at the stadiums to back the host nation for a successful campaign.
News Sources- Times of India , Indian Express