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The Latest: Battle Of Political Kids Appears In Venezuela

The political unrest and violence in Venezuela continues

10:15 a.m.

In what’s shaping up to be a battle of political kids, President Nicolas Maduro’s son is pushing back against criticism of the government’s crackdown on protests by the offspring of the country’s top human rights official.

Nicolas Maduro Guerra issued a public letter Thursday saying he regrets his friend’s decision to seek “three minutes of fame” with a video that is being used as a “trophy of war” by the government’s enemies.

It’s a reference to an online video by Yibram Saab, a college student who pleads with his father to show bravery and help restore the constitutional order broken by the Supreme Court’s decision to gut the powers of the opposition-controlled congress. He says he was at a demonstration where police fired tear gas and rubber bullets that killed a fellow protester.

Tarek William Saab is the country’s ombudsman, designated to protect citizens’ rights.

 

 

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8:30 a.m.

The son of the top Venezuelan human rights official is speaking out against police repression of protesters and calling on his father to step in to prevent further bloodshed.

Yibram Saab says in an online video that he experienced police repression during an anti-government a protest Wednesday. Reading prepared remarks he asked his father to show bravery and help restore the constitutional order broken by the Supreme Court’s decision to gut the opposition-controlled congress’ last vestiges of power.

Ombudsman Tarek William Saab has the power to initiate impeachment investigations against high-court magistrates. But he’s shown staunch support for Maduro.

In the video, the younger Saab says: “Dad, you have the power to put an end to the injustice.”

  • An opponent of President Nicolas Maduro aims his slingshot during protests as security forces block protesters from reaching the national ombudsman office in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans have flooded the streets over the last month to demand an end to Maduro's presidency. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) (Photo Credit: AP)
    An opponent of President Nicolas Maduro aims his slingshot during protests as security forces block protesters from reaching the national ombudsman office in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans have flooded the streets over the last month to demand an end to Maduro's presidency. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) (Photo Credit: AP)
  • A woman injured during clashes with security forces is aided by fellow anti-government protesters in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro attempted to march into downtown Caracas in another day of protests that have already claimed 26 lives since the start of April. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) (Photo Credit: AP)
    A woman injured during clashes with security forces is aided by fellow anti-government protesters in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro attempted to march into downtown Caracas in another day of protests that have already claimed 26 lives since the start of April. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) (Photo Credit: AP)
  • Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro take cover during clashes with security forces blocking them from marching to the Ombudsman's office in downtown Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans have flooded the streets over the last month to demand an end to Maduro’s presidency. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) (Photo Credit: AP)
    Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro take cover during clashes with security forces blocking them from marching to the Ombudsman's office in downtown Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans have flooded the streets over the last month to demand an end to Maduro’s presidency. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) (Photo Credit: AP)
  • A couple hold hands at a road block set by anti-government protesters in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 24, 2017. Thousands of protesters shut down the capital city's main highway to express their disgust with the socialist administration of President Nicolas Maduro. Protesters in at least a dozen other cities also staged sit-ins as the protest movement is entering its fourth week. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) (Photo Credit: AP)
    A couple hold hands at a road block set by anti-government protesters in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 24, 2017. Thousands of protesters shut down the capital city's main highway to express their disgust with the socialist administration of President Nicolas Maduro. Protesters in at least a dozen other cities also staged sit-ins as the protest movement is entering its fourth week. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) (Photo Credit: AP)
  • A woman sits on a highway ramp as anti-government protesters stage sit-ins to disrupt traffic throughout Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 24, 2017. Thousands of demonstrators shut down the capital city's main highway to express their disgust with the socialist administration of President Nicolas Maduro. Protesters in at least a dozen other cities also staged sit-ins as the protest movement is entering its fourth week. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) (Photo Credit: AP)
    A woman sits on a highway ramp as anti-government protesters stage sit-ins to disrupt traffic throughout Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 24, 2017. Thousands of demonstrators shut down the capital city's main highway to express their disgust with the socialist administration of President Nicolas Maduro. Protesters in at least a dozen other cities also staged sit-ins as the protest movement is entering its fourth week. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) (Photo Credit: AP)

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