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posted by James Tweedie in World

RIGHT-WING rioting in Venezuela has left four more people dead, authorities said on Tuesday — making the current unrest about as bloody as 2014’s year of violence.

On Monday, Diego Hernandez and 18-year-old Luis Alviarez were killed in Tachira state and Yeison Mora, 17, died in Barinas state.

Diego Arellano died during surgery on Tuesday after being shot at a protest south of Caracas the day before.

That day’s blockades of major roads were organised by the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable (Mud) coalition in a bid to “paralyse” the country.

The number of people killed in seven weeks of opposition violence is not clear, with most putting it in the low forties — rivalling the 43 deaths in 2014’s year-long “Guarimba” regime-change riots.

US-dominated Organisation of American States secretary-general Luis Almagro tried to blame the violence on National Guard commander Antonio Jose Benavides and Interior Minister Nestor Reverol.

He claimed they were “responsible for every aggression, every shot and every death.”

Ombudsman Tarek William Saab announced that two police officers had been arrested — one over Mr Hernandez’s death and one over the April 19 shooting of 17-year-old Carlos Jose Moreno in Sucre state.

The second officer was named as Sucre municipal police chief Jhonathan Camacho.

Information Minister Ernesto Villegas condemned the Mud’s use of children — in uniform — on a barricade on the Panamerican Highway south of Caracas on Tuesday morning.

The capital’s Child and Adolescent Foundation president Anahi Arizmendi has also attacked the opposition’s recruitment of children for vandalism.