Venezuela's deadly crackdown adding to homicide crisis

Killings by security forces rose by 50 percent last year, which is exacerbating the country's violence epidemic.

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    The independent group Violence Observatory has reported that more than 10,000 people have been killed in crime-fighting operations in Venezuela in the past two years.

    Police have been cracking down, particularly in the country's poorest neighbourhoods - which used to be solid supporters of Hugo Chavez's socialist revolution, but are now where Nicolas Maduro's government fears the spread of anti-government opposition.

    The government has denied any wrongdoing, insisting that those killed are part of criminal gangs and resist government authorities.

    Al Jazeera's Teresa Bo reports from Caracas.


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