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Great dictatorship grows on crimes :Venezuela opposition figure 'killed'

Venezuela opposition figure 'killed'.

Venezuela opposition politician Luiz Manuel Diaz 'killed'.

A regional opposition leader in Venezuela has been shot dead, his party says, less than two weeks before parliamentary elections.


The Democratic Action party says Luiz Manuel Diaz was killed by attackers in a car as he was holding a public meeting in the central Guarico state.
Opposition leaders blamed militias supporting the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV).
The party of President Nicolas Maduro has so far made no public comment.

Falling approval ratings

The Democratic Action party leader, Henry Ramos Allup, said Mr Diaz had been shot dead by "armed PSUV gangs" from a vehicle.


Supporters of President Maduro shout slogans against jailed opposition leader Leopold Lopez (16/06/2015)
The governing PSUV has not lost its legislative majority since the late Hugo Chavez won the presidency 16 years ago



Mr Diaz was reportedly sharing the stage in the town of Altagracia de Orituco with Lilian Tintori, the wife of the country's jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.
Venezuelan officials are yet to confirm the shooting.
The PSUV currently holds a majority of seats in parliament.
But recent opinion polls suggest that if the election set for 6 December were held now, the opposition coalition would win convincingly.
Venezuela's rampant crime, the drop in oil revenues and chronic shortages of basic goods have hurt President Maduro's approval ratings.
The opposition alleged widespread fraud in the 2013 presidential election in which Mr Maduro claimed a narrow victory.
Mr Maduro repeatedly denied the allegations and the result was upheld after an audit by the electoral council.
 An opposition leader was shot to death at a campaign rally Wednesday for next week's congressional elections in Venezuela, his party said.
The shooting took place in the central town of Altagracia de Orituco, the leader of Democratic Action party, Carolos Prosperi, said. He said he heard gunshots as the rally was breaking up and the party's leader for the town, Luis Manuel Diaz, was hit.
Also present at the event was Lilian Tintori, wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, said another top party official, Henry Ramos Allup.
Tintori is one of the best known faces of the forces opposing Venezuela's socialist government. On her Twitter account Wednesday night, she denounced the "terror" that she charged was carried out by the governing party and said she had suffered multiple attacks in Altagracia de Orituco.
The Dec. 6 elections are being fiercely contested as the opposition coalition, of which Democratic Action is a part, mounts one of its strongest challenges yet to the government amid severe economic problems in the oil-exporting country.
The opposition says several activists have been wounded in recent days as government supporters crashed campaign events.
The socialist party has denied that it is trying to intimidate the opposition with violence and called the allegations nothing more than the latest craze among the government's foes.
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