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In photos: Venezuelan man set on fire during a protest

On Saturday May 20, a group of protesters turned on a man in their midst and set him on fire. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro publicly accused demonstrators of assaulting the man simply for being a pro-government 'Chavista.' But witnesses say that the man was attacked after activists accused him of being a thief.
23 May 2017 – 07:04 PM EDT
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The routine of the protests in Venezuela is fairly repetitive. Thousands of demonstrators against the government of Nicolás Maduro march towards the center of Caracas until they are intercepted by the security forces and the battle begins. On Saturday, May 20, an unexpected event broke that routine: "I saw a man running in front of me, fleeing a group of demonstrators, mostly hooded and with improvised shields pursuing him," said Marco Bello, a Reuters photographer. Moments later gasoline was poured over the man. Crédito: CARLOS BECERRA/Getty Images
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Warning Crédito: Univision
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"I followed them and after about 100 meters, the demonstrators surrounded him," continued Bello. Crédito: CARLOS BECERRA/Getty Images
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"When I approached and got through the circle of people around him to take photos, someone had already poured gasoline and set it on fire," said the Venezuelan photographer. Crédito: CARLOS BECERRA/Getty Images
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Maduro identified the man on fire as Orlando Figuera, a 21-year-old pro-government activist. "One person was set on fire, beaten, because someone shouted that he was a Chavista. You call this democracy, you call that politics, how far will these people got?" the president said on a Sunday television program. Crédito: MARCO BELLO/Reuters
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"All I heard the whole time was that they accused him of trying to rob a woman, and I did not hear anyone accusing him of being a pro-government infiltrator," photographer Marco Bello said in an interview with Reuters. Crédito: MARCO BELLO/Reuters
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Engulfed in flames, the man ran through the crowd, hit a motorcycle on the ground, and tore off his shirt. Some people chased him and threw stones, while others tried to calm down his assailants. Crédito: CARLOS BECERRA/Getty Images
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According a tweet from the Venezuelan Ministry of Interior and Justice, Orlando Figuera had first and second degree burns "on 80% of his body" and "wounds from a weapon." Crédito: MARCO BELLO/Reuters
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Government opponents in the streets are demand a halt to repression following a wave of violence that has cost about 50 lives already, with thousands more injured and more than 2,000 arrrests. Crédito: MARCO BELLO/Reuters
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