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The United Nations' human rights office said Tuesday that Venezuelan security forces caused many of the 125 deaths demonstrators have suffered during four months of anti-government street protests, by the "widespread and systematic use" of excessive force.

The U.N. report was made public Tuesday in Geneva, as foreign ministers of 15 Western Hemisphere nations met in Peru about the situation in Venezuela. The political and economic crisis in Caracas and other parts of the country already is spilling over neighbors' borders, with thousands of Venezuelans fleeing the chaos.

The U.N. agency said preliminary results of its investigation show that 46 demonstrators died directly at the hands of Venezuelan security forces, while pro-government armed groups were responsible for 27 deaths; it was not clear who caused the remaining deaths. The Human Rights Office in Geneva promised a more comprehensive version of its report by the end of this month.



 

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