Armored vehicle set on fire plows through crowd in Venezuela (VIDEO)

Armored vehicle set on fire plows through crowd in Venezuela (VIDEO)
The Venezuelan National Guard used a tank-like riot control vehicle to run over demonstrators as political and financial crises continue to grip the South American country.

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Footage shows the National Guard using the heavy duty armored vehicles as battering rams against protesters in the Altamira neighborhood of the capital, Caracas, Wednesday. Authorities also used water cannons in an attempt to disperse the anti-government demonstrators.

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At least 36 people have lost their lives since the demonstrations spiralled into violence in April.

Venezuelans have been suffering months of food shortages and soaring prices.

Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez told RT Spanish this week that the portrayal of the anti-government protests by some media outlets and foreign powers as an all-out civil war distorts the reality of the situation, and hinders the government’s efforts to reconcile with the opposition.

On Thursday eight Latin American nations – Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Paraguay – condemned the violence and urged the government to respect the human rights of its citizens.